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From Dramatic to Cutsie: Driehaus Design Initiative Brings Game

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Photos: James Atkins

The city's best schools have been pumping out talent for decades, and twelve years ago businessman and philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence to give a platform to talented young designers coming from fashion programs all over the city. Last Friday at Richard's auto garage in the South Loop the 2013 runway show took place.

Twenty five designers presented their latest creations in a choreographed show produced by Tracey Tarantino and judged by Elise Bergman, Julie Gee and Marie Whitney. The designs were all over the place and so different from one another. Inspiration ranged from the drama of Sandra Yau's "society's connection to inhabited spaces" [leading images in the gallery] to Jessie Marie's ultra cutsie "Shirley Temple and nostalgic winter scenes" [last images in the gallery].
· Driehaus Design Initiative [Official Site]