Chicagoans compete in Oscars Designer Challenge

February 21, 2011 2:45:48 PM PST
Nine up-and-coming fashion designers -- including three Chicagoans -- are vying to create the gown that will be worn by an Awards escort during the 83 rd Academy Awards.

Miriam Cecilia Carlson, James De Colon and Borris Powell are all from Chicago. They will compete in "Oscars Designer Challenge 2011" with Angela Avanesyan, Los Angeles; Katelyn Bischof, New York; Octavio Carlin, Los Angeles; Zoe Hong, Oakland, California; Natalia Romano, Los Angeles; and Clay Sadler, Los Angeles.

Information about the designers' gowns are online at and the public can vote for a winner until midnight (PT) on February 21.