The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago launched their 10 th annual fashion show
By: Brian Gulash

Friday, May 13 2005 The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago launched their 10 th annual fashion show. The show was held at 350 N. Orleans on the eighth floor in the Merchandise Mart.

Two shows took place. The first was at 1:00 p.m. which was judged by a panel of professionals in the fashion biz. After the show a luncheon was held for fashion industry insiders. The second show consisted of a reception; before the models hit the runway.

Fashionistas including local designers, and the editor of Fashion Five were out and about, sipping cocktails, mingling, making bids at the silent auction, and of course checking out the emerging talent. At 8:00 p.m. the lights dimmed, the music blared, and the show began.

The clothes consisted of everything from ‘Mad Hatter’ fantasy inspired getups, to haute couture wedding dresses. Many of the designers were seniors scheduled to graduate this summer. Among them was the talented up and comer Claudia Guajardo. Guajardo featured five pieces inspired by the Pink Ladies and The Cry Baby girls. Her garments consisted of incredible handcrafted leather pants and jackets lined in satin with impeccable details.

For those looking for a more feminine route designer Rachel Jacques, an intern for Susan Designs, showcased lady like silhouettes in pink tulle. What kind of fashion show is complete with out gorgeous women?

The models were provided by the Ford Modeling Agency including the sexy Elena Greenwell. You might recognize Greenwell from her work with Mark Montana, the six year professional model was out in full swing, enjoying the fun fashion, and strutting her stuff on the runway.

I can’t think of a better title for the show, because after the event many were left aw-struck and simply inspired.