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Fashion Tue May 14 2013

Daring Design: SAIC's Fashion Show Highlights

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photo by James Atkins

Each year for 79 years now The School of the Art Institute of Chicago welcomes spring with its annual student fashion show, a celebration of conceptual and cutting edge collections for us to delight in as we thaw and shed our winter pea coats. As you might imagine from an art school, many of the garments are not so much "ready to wear" as they are physical experiments, diving head first into concept via tactile investigation. Sensible Chicago-style layers were scattered throughout the collections, juxtaposed with delightful yet completely impractical gestures -- several of the collections had the models blindly stomping down the runway with their faces completely covered, often by wigs or Zentai suits... occasionally by burka-like headgear or gas masks. As in the recent past and definitely the future, a post-apocalyptic style popped up in many collections. Perhaps it's the combination of adaptable, "ready for anything" garments and forward-thinking, futuristic design that makes the End of Days such an inspiring concept. Other trends included laser-cut acrylic accessories, iridescent and metallic fabrics, and sultry veils. Imagine 60's housewife meets manic psychedelia meets S&M cyborg. In other words, the future of fashion design is anything but conservative for many SAIC fashion students -- particularly the Juniors, who are confident enough to spill out of the box and not yet concerned with having to actually sell their work. Enjoy our favorites below:

Juniors:

Tenley George
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photo by Erik Kommer


Jelisa Brown

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photo by Erik Kommer


Rosa Halpern

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photo by Erik Kommer


Jordan Kiehle

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photo by Robert F. Carl


Blair Disbrow

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photo by Robert F. Carl


Tosha Sherman (shown with her collection)

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photo by Cody Davis

Seniors:

Caroline Kuhlman
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photo by Cody Davis


Krystle Thomas

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photo by Cody Davis


Kara Fenoglietto

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photo by Cody Davis


Kirstie Breitfuss

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photo by Cody Davis


Gnat Brilmyer

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photo by Cody Davis

Carlie Hougen
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photo by Cody Davis


Elaine Houang

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photo by Cody Davis


More information about and photos of the show can be found here.

 
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