Cynthia Rowley returns to Chicago to celebrate in SAIC’s grandest event ever!

Cynthia Rowley returns to Chicago to celebrate in SAIC’s grandest event ever!

If you’ve never been to the SAIC annual, end-of-year fashion event, you don’t know what you’re missing! This is an amazing event that I think rivals anything New York’s Bryant Park has ever had.  You get three opportunities throughout the day on Thursday to attend the extraordinary Fashion 2012 runway event, followed by the piece de resistance, the evening gala, THE WALK 2012.

This year, THE WALK 2012, SAIC’s annual benefit gala supporting the production of student work and scholarships, will be a star-studded event culminating in an elaborate and diverse runway event featuring creations of more than 40 seniors, the largest graduating class in SAIC Fashion Design history.

Fashion and art lovers from around the world will experience a stunning runway show featuring more than 300 original garments created by undergraduate students in SAIC’s internationally renowned Fashion Design program, which boasts such distinguished alumni as Halston, Cynthia Rowley, Gary Graham, J. Morgan Puett, Lawrence Steele, and Maria Pinto.

A highlight of THE WALK 2012 will be when SAIC alumna Cynthia Rowley (SAIC 1978–81), creator of the renowned fashion label bearing her name, and her husband Bill Powers, co-owner of HALF Gallery and judge on Bravo TV’s competition reality series Work Of Art, receive the 2012 SAIC Legend of Fashion Award.

“I am so honored to be receiving the Legend of Fashion Award,” says Cynthia Rowley. “As an alumna of SAIC this award has a very special meaning to Bill and me. We both believe that a marriage between fashion and art is something to strive for in the 21st century, and we hope that future fashion and design students continue to draw inspiration from both the runway and the gallery.”

Schedule of Events for SAIC’s Fashion 2012 will be:
Fashion 2012 runway show, Thursday, April 19:
9:00 a.m. is a general admission dress rehearsal. Tickets are $40.
12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. shows are general admission seating. Tickets are $75.
Tickets to the 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. shows are on sale now. Tickets are available online only via

THE WALK 2012 begins with a cocktail welcome at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Preceding the evening’s runway show, the presentation of the SAIC Legend of Fashion Award to Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers is followed by the announcement of individual student awards and scholarships. The event concludes with an elegant post-show dinner at 8:00 p.m. on the rooftop terrace of Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. Tickets start at $500, and tables are $5,000 to $25,000. Call 312.499.4194 for tickets, tables, sponsorships, and more information.

I can hardly wait!  See you there next Thursday!


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