Project Runway designer hosts benefit fashion show

October 15, 2008 10:08:18 AM PDT
Project Runway is one of the hottest shows on TV and Season Four showcased the talents of Chicago designer Steven Rosengard. Now Rosengard is giving back to the community which has supported his work. He's hosting "high Heels, High Power, a fashion show to benefit student nurses. The benefit on Thursday, October 30 is sponsored by the Provena Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary and will take place at 5:30 pm at the new Hotel Arista in Naperville. The fashion show will celebrate the power within all women to look and feel their best, according to Rosengard. The event benefits the Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund, which assists aspiring nurses and nurses who wish to further their professional education. The show will feature cruise and resort wear along with the latest fall/winter fashions by Von Maur. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a gift bag with samples of the latest makeup and perfume, and shopping at the show's boutique. Tickets are $55. For more information visit www.provena.org/fashion.

About Steven Rosengard

Born and raised in Chicago, Steven Rosengard was hooked on design as early as age 11 when he realized the people he loved to sketch "needed clothes". The greats of Hollywood's Golden Age -- Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall -- they were the inspiration for Steven, and by the age of 14 he was researching fashion history and making his first dresses.

The youngest of four children, Steven spent his free time drawing figures, designing gowns and exploring fabric. His path to fashion led him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Dutch, but he ended up at Chicago's Columbia College for fashion design. He traveled abroad where fashion and fabric continued to captivate him in places such as France, England and Italy. Today, he creates effortless, dramatic and elegant day and evening looks, tailored for real women who have to look good while going through their daily lives.

Steven's passion and unique curiosity for all things fashionable have made him a rising star in Chicago's design community. His focus, with direct inspiration from Yves St. Laurent, centers on natural fabrics that bring a simple, yet elegant, perspective to women's day wear. Steven hopes to rid the fashion world of non-natural fabric and take day dresses to a level every woman would covet.


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