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Runway to Showroom: Driehaus Business of Fashion Symposium
Front row (left to right): Samantha Petkofski, Emma Leppo, Emily Park, Jamie Lange, Nora Faye Kiecker, Petra Slinkard; Back row (left to right): Gabriela Chiquito, Autumn Kapka, Carina Chiquito, Michelle Molise, Liz Bahl, Peach Carr, Skip Grisham, Tracey Tarantino, Rebecca Blanton, Roxanne Nava, Leandro Mulet, Denise McGowan Tracy, Nicole Dieschbourg

Driehaus Design Initiative hosted Runway to Showroom: Driehaus Business of Fashion Symposium on May 13, 2015. Participating designers of the 14th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence were invited to attend in the symposium & luncheon at the Chicago History Museum. Featured speakers highlighted topics to provide the designers with essential tips to elevate their brand and launch and sustain a successful career. Students are encouraged to bring their portfolios and engage in an open discussion of experience sharing, while receiving beneficial insight and personal advice. Topics included: FASHION HISTORY FOR THE DESIGN INDUSTRY MARKETING, STRATEGY, BRANDING & SOCIAL MEDIA, HOW TO GET CAPITAL FOR YOUR BUSINESS, AND MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTION

Driehaus Design Initiative would like to thank the industry experts who participated as speakers in the symposium:
  • Peach Carr, Designer & Founder, Peach Carr Designs
  • Michelle Molise, Principal, Molise PR
  • Roxanne Nava, Chief Small Business Officer, City of Chicago Small Business Center
  • Petra Slinkard, Curator of Costumes, Chicago History Museum
We would also like to thank the Chicago History Museum for providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s costume collection with Curator of Costumes Petra Slinkard and Costume Collection Manger Jessica Pushor.