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Come Thursday, for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion 2011 show, more than 60 models from Factor Runway will sport 250 student designs and strut down a 90-foot runway built inside this 15,000-square-foot tent on Chase Promenade—a three-block-long walkway lined by nearly 200 trees, located in Millennium Park. Seniors in the SAIC’s acclaimed Fashion Design department will showcase complete collections of five garments; Juniors will show three prime examples of their designs; and each Sophomore will present one avant-garde look in muslin.
Behind the scenes, we hear that Aveda will lend its hairstyling expertise, and make-up will be provided by Artists by Timothy Priano. Creative Director of Brooklyn-based WAAVES Studio Skooby Laposky—a past collaborator with designers including Gemma Kahng, Conny Groenewegen, and Jason Wu—will be in charge of the runway soundtrack.
More than 3,000 guests are expected to attend the four-show, daylong event in Millennium Park. We're especially excited to find out which talented SAIC students will take home the Swarovski Scholarship and the Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship—both to be announced during THE WALK gala tomorrow evening—and hopefully to spot Sally Singer, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, who will present the SAIC Legend of Fashion Award to the lady of the hour, Ikram Goldman.
According to our sources, the 9:00am dress rehearsal is already sold out, with very limited tickets available for the 12:00 noon and 3:00pm shows. If you can't make it down to Millennium Park tomorrow, keep your eyes peeled to Racked for our coverage of the events.
· The School of the Art Institute of Chicago [Official Site]