The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence
The FIRST PLACE WINNER of THE 16TH ANNUAL DRIEHAUS AWARDS FOR FASHION EXCELLENCE will receive a prize package to include:
  • $7,500 cash
  • Collection display featured at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue
  • Invitation to media luncheon at Mariposa restaurant to celebrate the launch of Neiman Marcus apparel display with senior staff and partners
  • Lookbook with hair & make-up styling provided by Zazu Salon, photography by Kasia Jarosz, and space rental, stylist and models provided by Mignonette Bridal
  • Mentorship from Mignonette Bridal, including career advisement and meet-and-greet with Chicago fashion professionals
  • $500 certificate to Fishman’s Fabrics
  • Collection featured at the 2017 Sponsor & Event Partner Reception & on social media
One designer will receive THE NEIMAN MARCUS DISTINGUISHED DESIGNER AWARD and:
  • Collection featured in the window at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue
  • Invitation to media luncheon at Mariposa restaurant to celebrate the launch of Neiman Marcus apparel display with senior staff and partners
  • One-on-one meeting with a Neiman Marcus designer partner
  • One-on-one meeting with a Neiman Marcus senior buyer or executive
All Participants will be invited to join Driehaus Design Initiative and the Chicago History Museum for the Runway to Showroom: Driehaus Business of Fashion Symposium. The Symposium is a day of industry-led panels and open dialogue focusing on business to help designers achieve success. A guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s costume collection with Costume Curator Petra Slinkard and Costume Collection Manager Jessica Pushor and a curator guided tour of the Making Mainbocher exhibition are included.