Driehaus Design Initiative Presents
The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence
Driehaus Design Initiative celebrated the future of fashion at The 16th Annual
Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence. The event, themed Elements, featured
a runway show highlighting the talents of top emerging Chicago fashion design
Hosted by Inese and Richard H. Driehaus, The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for
Fashion Excellence took place at Vintage Studios, showcasing 25 designers’
innovative collections, and excellence in sewing techniques and garment
The elegant fashion soirée was emceed by Sylvia Perez, News Anchor/Reporter
on Fox 32 Chicago, and included a pre-party with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails,
live entertainment, a live auction, and an exclusive VIP after-party.
Anna Loosli, first place designer won $7,500, including photography & make-up
for the production of a lookbook, a garment display at Neiman Marcus Michigan
Avenue, and additional media opportunities. Carrie McMahon won second place,
Verneccia Etienne won third place, as well as five honorable mentions Philip
Addessi, Franca Deflorio, David Garcia, Quinlan Milne Rojek, Jacquie Wallaert.
All designers won cash honorariums.
Wendy Krimins, General Manager, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, selected
Quinlan Milne Rojek to receive the Neiman Marcus Distinguished Designer Award
and a window display at the Michigan Avenue store, plus one-on-one meetings
with a partner, buyer or executive.
Judging the runway show was a panel of industry experts including: Ellie Cotey,
Head of Wardrobe, Joffrey Ballet; Mark Roscoe, President, Mark Roscoe Design;
Jennifer Worman, CEO, T & J Designs, Blogger at Red Soles and Red Wine.
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