Emcees Sylvia Perez wears a gown by Tamra Ellingson, who owns Tamra Ellingson Design in Chicago, and was a 2011 Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence participating student; and Linda Yu wears local designer Mira Couture
Werner De Bondt with Galina De Bondt
Judges Sylwia Wilcynska, Timothy Long, Wendy Krimins and Chloé Mendel
Winners Edna St. Louis, Molly Quinn and Carlos Osuna
On Friday, April 26 the Driehaus Design Initiative presented creativity without limits at The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence. This years theme was Infinite Possibilities and highlighted the collections of 24 top emerging fashion design students in Chicago. The participating fashion and design schools were: Columbia College Chicago, Dominican University, The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The competition judges were: Timothy Long, Director, Senior Specialist of Couture & Luxury Accessories, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers; Chloé Mendel, Creative Director/Co-Founder, Maison Atia; and Sylwia Wilcynska, Owner/Fashion Designer, Sylwia Designs Inc. The first place winner was Molly Quinn from Columbia College, her winning collection, An Abnormal Condition of Sleep, featured digitally printed textiles, 3D printing, foil prints and handmade detailing.
Photography by: Photography by Kasia Jarosz and Allen Bourgeois