SAIC Fashion 2015 Raises More than $500,000

The next generation of daring designers boldly defined the future of fashion in a spectacular multimedia show at SAIC Fashion 2015 on Friday, May 8. The show was presented three times throughout the day, culminating with THE WALK—a fashion show gala benefit supporting student scholarships. This year THE WALK featured THE DOLLS, a performance by renowned artist Claudia Hart, and honored Legend of Fashion Diane Pernet.

More than 1,000 people attended the daytime fashion shows, and nearly 500 people attended THE WALK. The event raised more than $500,000 to support the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) fashion program and student scholarships. See photos from the event.


“The Art Institute’s fledgling designers are poised to make a splash,” says the New York Times. Whether you attend the dress rehearsal, the day shows, or THE WALK, your attendance at SAIC Fashion 2015 helps support young designers waiting to explode onto the scene.


5:30 p.m.

  • $25,000 Runway

    16 tickets to cocktail reception and dinner, reserved seating at the fashion show

  • $10,000 Couture

    12 tickets to cocktail reception and dinner, reserved seating at the fashion show

  • $5,000 Bespoke

    6 tickets to cocktail reception and dinner, reserved seating at the fashion show

  • $2,500 Made to Measure

    4 tickets to cocktail reception and dinner, reserved seating at the fashion show

  • $1,500 Gold

    1 ticket to cocktail reception and dinner, reserved seating at the fashion show

  • $500 Ready to Wear

    1 ticket to cocktail reception and dinner, open seating at the fashion show


Dress Rehearsal

9:00 a.m.

Day Shows

12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Friday, May 8, 2015
Millennium Park

Chase Promenade North
201 E. Randolph St.

A Shaded View of Fashion Film

Sunday, May 10, 1:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

SAIC Legend of Fashion Award winner Diane Pernet will screen 21 short fashion films and hold a Q&A with the audience.


the walk 2014

Support the Next Generation
 of Fashion Designers

Fashion 2015 culminates with THE WALK, SAIC’s fashion show gala benefit supporting SAIC student scholarships. This year we will honor world-renowned fashion critic and video journalist Diane Pernet with SAIC’s 2015 Legend of Fashion award at THE WALK.

Along with pioneering the advent of fashion blogging via her blog A Shaded View on Fashion (ASVOF), Pernet is also credited with spearheading the fashion film genre, providing a new interactive medium through which artists, photographers, and designers can collaborate on creative projects. Watch the video below to see Pernet talk about her life and career.

THE WALK kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. The evening continues at 6:30 p.m. with THE DOLLS, a performance by Claudia Hart, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at SAIC. At 6:45 p.m., the electrifying runway show by undergraduate students in SAIC's internationally renowned Fashion Design program begins. The evening concludes with a strolling dinner.

Past notable guests at THE WALK have included award-winning designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designer Jason Wu, J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons, Paper magazine Editorial Director Mickey Boardman, clothier Ikram Goldman, Johnson Publishing Company Chairman Linda Johnson Rice and CEO Desirée Rogers, designers and SAIC alumni Cynthia Rowley and Maria Pinto, artist and SAIC faculty member Nick Cave, New York magazine critic Jerry Saltz, Ebony Editor-in-Chief Amy Dubois Barnett, and Heart of Fashion Award winner Melissa Sage Fadim, benefactor of the Sage Foundation Scholarship and SAIC’s Sage Studios for Fashion Design.

Swarovski, a presenting sponsor for THE WALK, recently held a retrospective exhibition marking the precision-cut crystal company's 120th anniversary. Included in the exhibition was a look at the future of design featuring a special showcase of designs from SAIC students.

The Walk, [SAIC's] annual fashion show and inventive night where students flaunt fabulous fringy creations on a catwalk erected in Millennium Park.

Chicago Sun-Times

With a performance by Nick Cave culminating the show, the local fashion community will be out in force.

Chicago magazine

About 250 student-designed looks showcasing a combination of painting, sculpture, performance, sound, body, installation and technology will be unveiled.


Couture fashion, performance, sculpture, and raw expression combine to inspiring effect.​


...there's going to be a whole lot of student fashion to ogle.


They've been doing this for 80 years—celebrating fashion innovation at one of the greatest schools in the country if not the world when it comes to art.

Windy City Live





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Presenting Sponsors

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Avant-Garde Sponsors

Prêt à Porter Sponsors


Media Sponsors

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, view our sponsorship PDF or contact:

Cheryl Russell
Executive Director, Corporate, Foundation, Government, and Civic Relations


Press Contact

Bree Witt, SAIC

Images, B-roll, and interviews available on request

Press Passes

Since ticket sales directly benefit student scholarships, the number of seats that can be allotted to media contacts is limited. Interested parties may contact Bree Witt to request consideration for a press pass to one presentation of the runway show on Friday, May 8. Proof of editorial assignment by a news outlet may be required. Access to SAIC Fashion 2015 runway presentations can only be guaranteed by purchasing a ticket. The press list will not be finalized prior to May 4.

Photo Policy

Contacts with SAIC-issued press passes for Fashion 2015 shows and events are invited to take video and still photography in the tent on Friday, May 8, in adherence to these guidelines:

  • Flash photography is permitted.
  • Tripods and light stands are not permitted outside the press photo area.
  • Access to electricity is not available. All lighting and other equipment must be battery operated.
  • Access to the public address system and audio feeds is not available.
  • Access to the back-of-house staging area is not available without prior arrangements.
  • Images recorded at Fashion 2015 may be distributed for editorial use only. Commercial use of images recorded at Fashion 2015 is prohibited.

About SAIC’s Fashion Department

SAIC’s Fashion Design program provides a creative and intellectual context in which the nature and potential of fashion is closely examined and reimagined. Since 1934, SAIC has been educating new generations of fashion designers who have gone on to produce some of the most inspired and respected collections around the globe. Students have fiercely responded to international influences and set groundbreaking trends for the past 80 years.

SAIC’s first Fashion classes gained inspiration from early Hollywood’s glamour in the midst of the Great Depression. Students created sustainable and functional garments despite fabric rations during World War II; and they produced innovative garments using foreign patterns and materials with the growing popularity of international travel in the years to follow.

Uniquely situated within a vibrant contemporary school of art and design, SAIC’s Fashion department continues to offer undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate fashion programs that build on the connections and relationships between art and fashion that have been evolving in the past century and that reach an unprecedented level in contemporary practices today.

SAIC’s Fashion program is housed within the Sage Studios for Fashion Design located in the historic Carson Pirie Scott building. The 25,000-square-foot studio space includes the Fashion Resource Center, a hands-on collection of late-20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representing extreme innovation, which allows SAIC students the opportunity to explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion. For more information, please visit the Department of Fashion Design website.


SAIC President

Walter E. Massey


2015 Fashion Committee

Melissa Moore, Chair
Ellen Sandor, THE WALK Co-Chair
Stephanie Sick, THE WALK Co-Chair

* Honorary Member


Board of Governors

Cary D. McMillan, Chairman


Governors Emeriti


SAIC Fashion Faculty

Anke Loh, Sage Chair of Fashion Design

Caitlyn Keenan, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Maynard, Administrative Director


Board of Trustees

Robert M. Levy, Chairman

* Ex Officio Trustees


Life Trustees