School of the Art Institute hosts fashion show

April 26, 2010

(RELEASE)For the first time in its storied history, the fashion show takes place in the critically acclaimed Griffin Court of the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing (159 E. Monroe Ave., Chicago). It also marks the return of SAIC's annual fashion show to the Art Institute of Chicago for the first time in 15 years. Fashion and art lovers from across the nation will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular runway show featuring cutting-edge garments by the next generation of up-and-coming designers, presented against the backdrop of Renzo Piano's stunning architecture.

Fashion 2010 is a celebration of contemporary fashion, art, architecture, and design that features more than 200 innovative student-designed garments worn by 60 professional models from Factor Model Management. Sophomores in SAIC's Fashion Design Department will design garments for Fashion 2010 around themes that are inspired by the architecture of the Modern Wing.

SAIC also hosts THE WALK 2010, the annual gala held in conjunction with the fashion show. Proceeds from THE WALK benefit scholarship funding for SAIC students. A highlight of THE WALK 2010 will be the presentation of the 2010 SAIC Legend of Fashion Award to SAIC alumnus and New York-based designer Gary Graham (BFA 1992). In 2009, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour announced Graham as a finalist of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. Graham launched his line in the fall of 1999, and his background in costume and textile design is apparent, season after season, in his collections imbued with a casual luxury and a sense of history. He is attracted to contrasts (light and dark, fitted and flowing) and cause and effect, discovering the particular beauty in each. This approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses, blouses, and slouchy knits-all rendered in a rich and varied palette, with texture achieved by meticulous washing and dying processes that are a Gary Graham trademark. His incorporation of quilting, embroidery, patchwork, and washed leathers create a highly individualized look with impeccable finish. Gary Graham collections are available in specialty boutiques and department stores worldwide.

SAIC Fashion 2010 Schedule and Ticket Information

  • Runway fashion shows will be presented three times on Friday, May 7:
  • The 2 p.m. show is sold out.
  • The 7 p.m. show is part of SAIC's annual gala scholarship benefit, THE WALK 2010, which begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and concludes with an elegant post-show dinner in Terzo Piano at 8 p.m. Tickets to THE WALK 2010 start at $500 and are available now. Call 312.899.1439 for tickets.
  • NightWalk 2010 is a new late-night fashion party from 9 p.m.–midnight, with a standing-room-only "Best of Show" runway presentation at 10 p.m. featuring 10 designs by SAIC Legend of Fashion honoree Gary Graham (SAIC BFA 1992). NightWalk includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets to NightWalk 2010 are on sale now, priced at $100 and available online only via . For more information about tickets to NightWalk 2010, call 312.899.7484. NightWalk tickets are only available for purchase online, at


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