Show Me What You’re Working With (Part I)
In the meantime, enjoy the bright lights of SAIC’s The Fashion Show 2011—featuring more than 250 garments from SAIC’s Fashion Design BFA candidates showcased by 60 professional models from Factor Runway—the largest ever in the show’s 77-year history, according to SAIC’s website.
I had the most interesting week in Chicago! Wednesday started early, my first item of the day was heading out to Millennium Park, home of the famous “Bean,” for the School of the Art Institute’s The Fashion Show 2011. If you’re an artist, this is the show to see; out of all the fashion shows I have attended, this one takes the creativity cake.
Definitely not your generic, ready-to-wear, style show!
I have met many of these students in my trips to SAIC and I am so proud of them. Their academic journey in fashion starts with Steve Miller’s Fashion Drawing class. Steve has been a fashion illustrator for years; a graduate of the Design School and illustrator for major design houses and stores like Nordstrom, he has definitely made his mark on the fashion world. He now makes Chicago his home and is a truly awesome instructor, he even taught me how to use the Prismacolor Double Ended Art Markers!!! Steve keeps his classes relevant by having students draw using real models wearing anything from fine couture to period pieces.
I love seeing students start with Prismacolor Illustration and Art Markers to create some of these fashion images.
Designs were featured by students of all levels but allotted the full collections soley for the seniors. Sophomores were given the opportunity to feature one piece, below are a few of the final creations designed by the sophomore students.
Junior students were allowed three designs in the show, and I definitely had my favorites.
One of those upper level students included, Andrew Cruz, who used digitally printed cloth to sculpt his collection! Stunning!
Seniors produced entire collections for the show, an all inclusive showcase of their talent and a glimpse into their very bright futures!
One of my favorite senior collections, was Jacqueline Kim’s all black ensemble. The hair, the sophistication of the black, and the great sculptural qualities worked so well together.
It was a truly creative morning- I am so inspired!