Swarovski Hosts Kick-Off Party for SAIC's The Walk 2012

Swarovski recently hosted a cocktail reception at its Michigan Avenue flagship boutique to view the unique window installation created by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago grad students mentored by Nick Cave, Professor and Chair of SAIC's Fashion Design Department.

Swarovski donated the window space and jewelry for the installation as part of its Presenting Sponsorship for Fashion 2012 and The Walk 2012 which will be held on Thursday, April 19th in Millennium Park.  The collaborative design was created by  KC Winter, Kristina Sparks, Joe Leamanczyk, Justin LeBlanc and Anna Kim and inspired by Swarovski's spring jewelry collection.  130 guests attended including Amy Creyer, Emma Arnold, Kelly Zink, Amanda Wolfson, Erica Strama, Ellen Sandor, Carrie Lannon, Cathy Breit and Shirley and Walter Massey, SAIC President.

At the Walk 2012, the presentation of the SAIC Legend of Fashion Award will be presented to designer Cynthia Rowley and her husband Bill Powers by SAIC adjunct faculty member/art critic Jerry Saltz.    This will be the 78th annual fashion show and will feature more than 300 original garments.  Seniors in the SAIC’s Fashion Design Department will create collections of 5 garments; juniors will show three and each sophomore will present one avant-garde look in muslin.  The show will be presented three times throughout the day before a final evening presentation with more than 70 Factor Runway models strutting their stuff down an 80 foot runway inside a 15,000’ foot tent.

The 9 am show is a general admission dress rehearsal and tickets are $40.  The noon and 3 pm shows are also general admission seating with tickets priced at $75.  Tickets to the main event, beginning at 5:30,  are $500 and includes a cocktail reception and elegant post-show dinner on the rooftop terrace of the Harris Theater.

(For more info, please call 312.499.4190 or visit www.said.edu/fashionshow).  (Fun kick-off party pics by Caitlin Saville Collins).

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