A 2021 Announcement
Runway to Showroom® Symposium

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 Manager Jessica Pushor.