Wright 150 Fashion Design Award Winners

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and the Fashion Design Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announce recipients of the Wright 150 Fashion Design Awards.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2017, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and the Fashion Design Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) have created the Wright 150 Fashion Design Awards.

The junior class of fashion design students from SAIC toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, which is maintained and operated by the Trust, and created original design proposals for garments inspired by Wright’s iconic architecture.

SAIC’s Fashion Design faculty members Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Annie Novotny selected 10 semi-finalists. Chicago History Museum Curator of Costumes, Petra Slinkard; Trust Curator, David Bagnall; and Ms. Glaum-Lathbury served as the design jury led by SAIC’s Associate Professor and Sage Foundation Chair Anke Loh. Ms. Loh and Celeste Adams, CEO of the Trust, awarded a first and second prize, plus two honorable mentions.

The two award-winning garments will be fabricated and displayed in the showroom window of Jil Sander, 48 E. Oak Street, from April 24-30. Proposals for the honorable mentions, along with the finalists' proposals, will be displayed in the Jil Sander showroom during that week.

The garments will be featured at Fashion 2017, a one-night only showcase of student creations, taking place May 5 at VenueSix10 at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit saic.edu/fashion2017.

The award-winning garments also will be on display on May 18 at Wright Night in The Rookery Building, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust annual benefit event and kickoff to the Wright Plus 150 Housewalk weekend. For event invitations, contact Director of Development Tom Gull at 312.994.4010 or [email protected].

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