Fleurotica at Garfield Park Conservatory

March 2, 2010 10:08:59 AM PST
Botanical fashion show hits the runway on Friday, March 26

(RELEASE) For Chicagoans, tired of the dreary winter weather, a breath of spring is welcome. Instead of wearing heavy coats and clunky boots, imagine a wardrobe decorated with fresh flowers. That's the idea behind Fleurotica, an unusual fashion show that hits the runway at the Garfield Park Conservatory, garfieldconservatory.org, on Friday, March 26. Dazzling both fashionistas and flower enthusiasts, the botanical fashion show and reception takes place from 6:30 to 10 pm in the Conservatory's Horticulture Hall at 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago

Fashion meets flowers in this fund-raiser for the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. Guests will see wraps and clothing, hats and more, all made from flowers, plants and leaves. The runway soiree is a collaborative event between the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Chicago-area florists and fashion designers, and students from the School of the Art Institute's Millinery Department. The students will present their final project from the spring hat making class.

Participating florists include Fleur, Dilly Lily, Tulipia, A Stem Above, Blumgarten & Company, Scarlet Petal, Mila Designs and Whole Foods. Featured fashion designers are Alice Berry Designs, Tennille White, Vaute Couture, James Del Colon Designs, Lauren Lein Limited, K Thammavong Couture, Inc., LuDia Couture Designs, Mountains of the Moon, Wolfbait & B-Girls, and Bates Designs

Fleurotica's backdrop -- the lush and vibrant atmosphere inside Garfield Park Conservatory ? reinforces the evening's floral theme, from the spicy scent and rainforest ambiance of the Palm House to the cool, fragrant air of the Show House. Guests enjoying the reception throughout the Conservatory can stroll through each room and find available silent auction and raffle items for bid. Guests attending the fashion show at 7:30p.m. in Horticulture Hall will be greeted by a stunning fashionable floral show in eye-candy colors. Following the fashion show, the reception will continue until 10p.m. with a post-fashion show meet and greet with the florists and their designs and the winners of the silent auction and raffle items can take home their exciting prizes.

Tickets are $100 for the reception only and $175 for the reception and reserved seating at the fashion show. Catered food and beverages included. Complimentary valet parking is available. The fête will provide funds for public programs and education initiatives presented by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance . Reservations are required by calling 773-638-1766, extension 28. For more information, visit garfieldconservatory.org,.

Owned by the Chicago Park District and operated in partnership with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, the Conservatory is open Monday through Sunday from 9a.m. to 5p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9a.m. to 8p.m., with free admission and convenient free parking. (Special exhibit and activity fees may apply.) For information about Garfield Park Conservatory and related programming, call 773-638-1766 extension 13, or visit garfieldconservatory.org,.

6:30 to 10 pm
Friday, March 26
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
773-638-1766, ext. 28


Hat 1 by Erin Foster

Floral Shop: A Stem Above ? Special Events Florist

Hat Description: "Inspired English Garden": Infusing natural rustic garden elements including reindeer moss as well as sheet moss with accents of fresh succulent blooms with seasonal spring flowers. Imagine an outdoor garden translated to a hat.

Contact Information:

A Stem Above- Special Events Florist
1821 W Hubbard Suite 108
Chicago IL 60622
Hours: By Appointment Only

Hat 2 by Christine Gorman-Kyvelos

Floral Shop: Dilly Lily

Hat Description: Dilly Lily's vision is to create pieces where the woodland and florals come together. These works that will be exhibited during Fleurotica will capture the essence of "the Wild"- where structure meets beauty, where the roots, moss and soil merge and the delicate floral blossoms appear. This hat on display here today is a small teaser of what's to come! Dilly Lily has been blossoming in Chicago since owner Christine Noelle opened the Lincoln Park shop. The talented team at Dilly Lily creates signature floral pieces for their loyal clientele; be it colorful, trendy, classic or avant-garde, they translate your style into flowers. Whether your occasion is petite or grand-with their years of experience, Dilly Lily will bring your vision to life.

Contact Information:

Dilly Lily
742 W. Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
Blog: blog.dillylily.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dillylily

Hat 3 by Tatiana Chelekhova

Floral Shop: Mila Design Special Events Florist

Description: The hat on display here today is a collage of exotic flowers, leaves and sisal covered wired. Mila Design believes nature is the best teacher, taking inspiration from the masterpieces left by the natural world. The art works created by Mila Designs incorporates mostly natural elements. Not only are flowers utilized in their floral arrangements, but interesting uses of leaves, twigs and even roots of plants lends to the beautiful floral designs. Flowers are the starting point for Mila Design and then imagination and experiences take over to create masterful floral arrangements.

Contact Information:

Mila Design Special Events Florist
2325 West Huron Street,
Chicago, IL 60612
miladesign.com email: contact@miladesign.com