12th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence
Driehaus Design Initiative celebrateed the vision and creativity of talented, emerging student designers at its annual fashion show competition, the Twelfth Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence. Twenty-five innovative, local fashion students showcased their unique perspectives in a runway show competition judged by a panel of three industry insiders.

The elegant fashion fete included a pre-party with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a live auction conducted by Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a high energy runway show, and a VIP after-party sponsored by Northern Trust. ABC7’s Linda Yu returned as master of ceremonies.

The selected top designers receive $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third. New this year, one designer received the Macy’s Choice Award and the opportunity to display their designs at Macy’s on State Street. One designer also received mentoring session with a Macy’s retailer and admission to Chicago Fashion Incubator’s quarterly seminars.

Inese and Richard H. Driehaus hosted The 12th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence at 700 S. Des Plaines Street. The private space in the warehouse district will be transformed into a vivid neon palette, reminding us that fresh and vibrant ideas lie in unexpected places.

All proceeds benefit Chicago Fashion Incubator and its mission to create innovative solutions to bridge the gap between education and entrepreneurship for the fashion industry. Participating local Chicago schools were: Columbia College Chicago, Dominican University, The Illinois Institute of Art, The International Academy of Design & Technology and The School of Art Institute of Chicago.
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