April 17, 2013 10:06:57 AM PDT
The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence runway show is a competition that showcases the collections of students selected from five local fashion design colleges, to promote design education and foster public appreciation of all aspects of fashion design and history.

Tracey Tarantino helps us take a look at the designs of past student competitors who are now professional designers.

Driehaus Design Initiative Presents the 12th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence Friday, April 26
6:30 p.m.
700 S. Des Plaines Street
Chicago, IL. 60607

Driehaus Design Initiative event proceeds will benefit Chicago Fashion Incubator and its mission to create innovative solutions to bridge the gap between education and entrepreneurship for the fashion industry.

Look #1
This dress is trending with its ladylike lace overlay. The A line design is a figure flattering style for most women.
By Kendra DeKuiper

Look #2.
This 2-piece poly/cotton coat suit is perfect for multi seasonal wardrobing.
This look also features a gun metal iridescent olive topper, dramatic rolled over scale collar inset panels, and coordinating black pant
By Horacio Nieto, www.horacionieto.com

Look #3. This red, 100% silk evening gown with silver beading inset under the bust line is perfect for attending a wedding or Red Dress gala this spring.
By Hector Havier Monarrez, Monarrez Collections, www.monarrezcollections.com

Look #4. This "Nightglow" gown if from Miriam Cecilia's current collection of hand sewn custom gowns.
Trimmed with her signature Mica hand treated and finished application, this gown inspires brides to celebrate beauty and nature this spring season.
By Miriam Cecilia, www.miriamcecilia.com,
Studio/showroom at 1223 W. Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60614

On behalf of the Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, Tracey Tarantino and her team at ZZAZZ Productions have been combining the best in staging, lighting concepts, hair motifs, make-up details, model casting and music selections to create a high energy fashion concept that allows each participant to be runway worthy. Year after year, Ms. Tarantino and her team provide the student designers with a cohesive platform for competition that rivals the runways of New York, Milan, Tokyo, and beyond.