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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts the 80th iteration of "The Walk" on Friday night. Artist and professor Nick Cave—you may know him best for his Soundsuits—typically oversees the student fashion show. But this year, he'll have a whole different role.
Cave will perform in the runway show in Millennium Park on Friday night—and that's a rarity. "It's the first time I've really even performed in Chicago," Cave told the Chicago Sun-Times. "My performance work has always been in New York. I feel vulnerable in a sense because I tend to do that work outside of [the city]."
Running $500 to $25,000, tickets for The Walk aren't cheap. But the experience sounds pretty incredible. Margaret MacLean, event co-chair, said: "[Cave's] performances are like no other. They're multidimensional and multidisciplinary. He's combining so many things: art and fashion and sculpture and performance artistry. He is iconic."
Though the exact details will remain a surprise, the show will include three "mini-performances" in which Cave will be accompanied by Chicago house music, "extreme vogueing," and (quite possibly) a few back flips.
Cave is also the evening's honoree. He'll receive the "Legends of Fashion" award, which has gone to such fashion stars as the Mulleavy sisters and Cynthia Rowley in the past.
· Nick Cave Emerging More Fully In Chicago [The Chicago Sun-Times]
· The Dramatic Highlights From SAIC's The Walk 2013 [Racked Chicago]
· The Walk [Official Site]