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Sponsor Reception

Up and coming designers, sponsors, charitable event partners and faculty from three local Chicago fashion design schools gathered at The Driehaus Museum on May 30th, 2019 for the annual Driehaus Design Initiative Sponsor and Event Partner Reception. Taking place just following the annual runway show competition, The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, the event celebrated the success of the 2019 award recipients and presented an informal fashion presentation of the award-winning designs. VIP guests had the opportunity to mingle with the designers to learn more about their creative process as well interact with the garments.

The Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the creative crowd with guests receiving an informal guided tour of the Driehaus Museum’s inaugural contemporary art exhibition, A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE. Emily Park welcomed guests and Driehaus Design Initiative founder Richard H. Driehaus provided remarks congratulating the award recipients, whose incredible designs were first presented on the runway at The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence just a few weeks prior. Museum curator of collections and exhibitions Catherine Shotick provided a history of Dutch wax fabrics and how they are used in the Yinka Shonibare CBE exhibition and in fashion today.

Driehaus Design Initiative would like to thank our generous sponsors and event partners who are critical to the success of The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence for providing opportunities for emerging Chicago fashion designers!