A passion for fashion: SAIC's "The Walk" showcases 250 student designs (Awesome pics!)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation’s leading art and design schools, presented "The Walk 2014", its annual fashion show that celebrated an astounding 80 years of fashion innovation this year!   The extraordinary runway show was presented three times throughout the day with more than 1500 people in attendance on Friday, May 2, at Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade North.

"The Walk 2014" is SAIC’s annual benefit gala that supports the production of student work and scholarships. To honor the anniversary, performance artist, fashion influencer, and SAIC educator Nick Cave received the Legend of Fashion Award. This year, SAIC also welcomed Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Curator Naomi Beckwith as emcee. 

Previously, SAIC has recognized leaders in the fashion industry, including Anna Sui, Nicole Miller, Maria Pinto, Ikram and Josh Goldman, Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.  More than 50 models from Factor Runway wore 250 original student-designed garments as they walked down a custom-constructed, 72-foot double ramp runway.

The show was produced and directed by Conrad Hamather, SAIC’s Graduate Coordinator of its Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment, with talent direction by Annie Novotny, SAIC faculty member, alumna, and head designer of Frei Designs. 

Following the evening performance, guests mixed and mingled with designers and their models on a rooftop party on the Millennium Park Terrace. (Fab fotos by MILA SAMOKHINA).

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