Couture for a Cause

March 18, 2013

That group provides world-class instruction and training to Chicago's small business entrepreneurs. Elda de la Rosa is a graduate of the EDC Small Business Program.

Tuesday, March 19, 6PM
The Penninsula Chicago Hotel
108 East Superior Street

Tickets are $100 per person in advance/$125 at the door.

About Elda De La Rosa's La Vie En Rose Spring 2013 Collection:
Elda de la Rosa's, 2013 La Vie En Rose Collection, has been inspired by the daring and artistic designs of the French couture houses. The French couture designer that has served as Elda's lead inspiration is Coco Chanel. Madame Chanel's story of rising from obscurity into a global brand have guided De La Rosa to create a collection of striking and intricate designs, that exude beauty and elegance as well as power and confidence. Throughout the collection, De La Rosa uses luxurious fabrics, including mikados, charmueses, chiffons, gazars, schiffilis, taffetas, laces, brocades and tulles.

About Elda De La Rosa Couture
Since 2001, Elda De La Rosa has been designing collections inspired by the strong, beautiful women who have helped shape her life and the flowing, organic nature of the fabrics she uses. She specializes in Evening, Bridal and Cocktail creations as well as annual ready-to-wear collections.

While classically trained at the Illinois Institute of Art , Elda grew up surrounded by family who were seamstresses by trade. By the time she was a teenager, Elda was working in a bridal boutique and contributing as both a skilled seamstress and burgeoning designer.

Now, as a leading designer in the Chicago community, Elda is on the Illinois Institute of Art's advisory board as well as that of the fashion department for Harper College. She is also a board member of the prestigious Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI) . Her spring 2010 collection, Alta Gracia, was featured during Nolcha Fashion Week in New York and at World Fashion Chicago. From that 2010 collection, De La Rosa's gown 'Lucero' was chosen as one of the finalists in the Oscars Designer Challenge competition.

In addition to leadership role in Chicago's fashion industry, Elda De La Rosa's pieces are frequently worn by Chicago media personalities and celebrities and have been featured in numerous media outlets including, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Social Bride, The Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Candy, Style Chicago and Today's Chicago Woman.

Elda De La Rosa Couture is located at 5555 North Sheridan Road, Suite 0015 in the historic Edgewater Beach Apartment "Pink Palace" building. For more information, please visit, call (773) 769-3128 or email

Follow Elda on Twitter @elda_de_la_rosa, or join her on Facebook at

About the Edgewater Development Corporation The Edgewater Development Corporation is a community based 501C3 organization founded in 1985 and based in the heart of Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. The organization's mission is economic and commercial development that enhances the Edgewater neighborhood's commercial assets.

One of the ways in which EDC's mission is achieved is through their Small Business Program that provides world-class instruction and training to Chicago's small business entrepreneurs, helping them grow and succeed. The three-phase Small Business Program brings education and training to entrepreneurs. With the assistance of professors from prestigious business schools, the Small Business Program brings sustainable and aesthetically pleasing occupancy to the commercial districts, and supports small business development and growth. Edgewater Development provides marketing assistance, workshops and networking for participating small businesses. The Edgewater Development Corporation is thrilled to further fulfill their mission by showcasing one of their Small Business Program's graduates, Elda de la Rosa via the La Vie En Rose: Couture for a Cause benefit.

For more information, regarding the Edgewater Development Corporation, go to or call 773-506-4016.

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