Macy's Glamorama, Pop Candy Arcade, Jams Out to the '80s in 2008

Chicago fashionistas look forward to one special end of the summer event: Macy's Glamorama. This year, the fashion extravaganza is heading back to the '80s with an arcade of eye candy couture and modern sounds.

Macy's Glamorama Pop Candy Arcade will take place at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, August 22, at 8 pm at the Chicago Theater. Headlined by the chart-topping '80s superstar Cyndi Lauper and late '80s hip-hop sensation MC Hammer, Macy's fashion spectacular will rock the runway in true '80s style supporting the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) for the tenth year.

"This year's Glamorama event is extremely special, as it marks our 10th anniversary supporting the Art Institute of Chicago," said Mike Dervos, SVP, regional director of stores, Macy's East. "We're proud to partner with the AIC in making the arts more accessible to our local communities each and every day."

This signature fall fashion event and mega-fundraiser will salute '80s glam attitude in 2008. Macy's 28 Shop designer and contemporary collections will showcase the latest fall fashion from top European and American contemporary designers. This fully choreographed runway show will feature high-tech video, pulsating music, electrifying dance and the hottest fashion from around the globe. Designers this year include: Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan Collection, Celine, CNC Costume National, Just Cavalli, Ports 1961, SportMax, Tibi and Tommy Hilfiger.

"Glamorama 2008 pumps it up '80s style with bodacious fashion, banging music and totally awesome entertainment, all with a modern twist," said Jennifer Wilkins, Macy's Trend Expert. "From the stellar show to our over-the-top post party, Glam guests will go back to the '80s in style."

A portion of the ticket proceeds from Glamorama benefits the Auxiliary Board and Evening Associates of the AIC. These volunteer organizations share the common goal to make the museum accessible to a broader and more diverse audience. This is accomplished through funding exhibitions, providing community outreach programs and hosting special events at the Art Institute.

"Macy's Glamorama is an opportunity to bring together the world of fine art with high fashion and pop music to support one of the city's cultural gems," said Lisa Claybon, a co-chair on the AIC's Evening Associates Board. "We are incredibly grateful to Macy's for their partnership and all they do to make Glamorama the event of the summer in Chicago."

Over the past nine years, Glamorama has raised more than $2 million for the Art Institute of Chicago.


Following the performances and fashion show, guests will make their way to the 7th floor of Macy's on State Street for an elaborate flashback post-party where the mixed tape of material beats will continue throughout the evening. This year's party will boast video screens playing '80s music videos alongside color-changing neon walls. Partygoers will enjoy the sounds of DJ Berrie who will spin in a boombox-shaped DJ booth above a dance floor gleaming with bright neon chandeliers. A game lounge will feature hundreds of Rubik's Cubes and a Guitar Hero wall along with arcade game favorites, including Pacman, Donkey Kong, Tetrus, Qbert and more. Partygoers will also enjoy interactive break-dancer performances.

Nearly 25 bars and food stations will offer a selection from macaroni and cheese and shoestring potatoes to an assortment of maki rolls. The grill station will feature gourmet pizzas and foccacia with fresh mozzarella, pesto, asparagus and prosciutto; the dessert room will serve vanilla bean ice cream cookie sandwiches, miniature bananas fosters, cinnamon ginger coated mini donuts and more. '80s-clad candy attendants will roam the party serving POP ROCKS®, Razzles, Fun Dip, Ring Pops, Nerds candy, candy bracelets and necklaces, jelly bracelets and necklaces, glow bracelets and necklaces and slap bracelets.

Limited tickets are still available, ranging from $50-$285. Order online at and pick up at the Will Call window at the Chicago Theater box office.
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Glamorama History
Glamorama debuted under Dayton's as "A Cause for Applause" in Minneapolis in 1992 and later became Fash Bash in Minneapolis a few years later. It debuted in Chicago in 1999 and raises money to support cancer research and the arts.

Runway Looks featured on ABC7 Chicago

  • Oxana: Acid green ombre dress from Celine
  • Cindy: Earth colored knit dress from Ports 1961
  • Jamie: Orange printed mini from Just Cavalli
  • Robin: Cocoon coat with embellishments from Marc Jacobs
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