Do not be what others want you to be, just be yourself.
—Diane Pernet

Save the Date: SAIC Fashion 2015

On Friday, May 8, the next generation of daring designers will boldly define the future of fashion at SAIC Fashion 2015, a spectacular multimedia show presented throughout the day at 9:00 a.m., 12:00, and 3:00 p.m., and culminating with THE WALK—SAIC's fashion show gala benefit supporting student scholarships.

Return to this site to purchase tickets in February, for a look behind the scenes as students prepare their cutting-edge collections, and for more information on the event as it unfolds.

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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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.

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 many others.


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

  • Amy Bluhm
  • Lynne Bredfeldt
  • Greg Cameron
  • Nick Cave
  • Lester N. Coney
  • Jennifer Conklin
  • Bob Faust
  • Marilyn Fields
  • Ikram Goldman
  • Debbie Jagel
  • Carrie Lannon
  • William Ivey Long*
  • Margaret MacLean*
  • Shirley Massey
  • Alison McNally
  • Nicole Miller*
  • Stephen Naparstek
  • Kate Neisser
  • Cynthia Rowley*
  • Anita Sinha
  • Jim Taylor
  • Teri Tkachuk Benedetti
  • Roopa Weber
  • John Winzeler, Jr.

* Honorary Member


Board of Governors

Cary D. McMillan, Chairman

  • Daniel S. Berger
  • Robert H. Bergman
  • Laurence O. Booth
  • Charles M. Brennan, III
  • Todd C. Brown
  • Daniel R. Bryant
  • Linda Buonanno
  • William R. Bush
  • D.H. Chang
  • Lester N. Coney
  • A. Steven Crown
  • John DiCiurcio
  • Robert G. Donnelley
  • Karen W. Frank
  • Denise B. Gardner
  • Matthew R. Gibson
  • Regis W. Haid, Jr.
  • Gail Hodges
  • Holly Hunt
  • Betsy Karp
  • Jay Krehbiel
  • Jordan Krimstein
  • Margaret B. MacLean
  • Charles L. Michod, Jr.
  • Melissa Moore
  • Marian P. Pawlick
  • Charles T. Price
  • Quintin E. Primo, III
  • Dana Rice
  • Ellen Sandor
  • Richard L. Sandor
  • Stephanie Sick
  • Anita Sinha
  • Adrian D. Smith
  • Howard S. Stone
  • John L. Thomson
  • Charlotte Tieken
  • Kay Torshen
  • Joseph R. Trpik, Jr.
  • Trish Tullman
  • David J. Vitale


Governors Emeriti

  • John H. Bryan
  • John S. Chapman
  • Michael Conrad
  • Richard H. Cooper
  • Melissa Sage Fadim
  • Marshall Field V
  • H. Rick Fumo
  • David C. Hilliard
  • Richard Hunt
  • Philip Kotler
  • Frederick A. Krehbiel
  • Duane R. Kullberg
  • Patrick J. Leemputte
  • Barry L. MacLean
  • Lewis Manilow
  • Susan Manilow
  • Thomas Miner
  • Young-Ju Park
  • Linda Johnson Rice
  • Todd Evan Warnock
  • Arthur M. Wood, Jr.
  • Curtis Paul Zeiser


SAIC Fashion Faculty

Anke Loh, Sage Chair of Fashion Design

  • Sandra Adams
  • Caroline Bellios
  • Bambi Breakstone
  • Gillion Carrara
  • Nick Cave
  • Brandi Devers
  • Yoshi Fredisdorf
  • Abigail Glaum-Lathbury
  • Dijana Granov
  • Conrad Hamather
  • Kristina Januskaite-Sparks
  • Kristin Mariani
  • Aubrie Meyer
  • Steve Miller
  • Annie Novotny
  • Liz Ann Patelski
  • Rick Paul
  • Cheryl Pope
  • Eia Milica Radosavljevic
  • Andrea Reynders
  • Katrin Schnabl
  • Sharon Shoji
  • Liat Smestad
  • Tommy Walton
  • Don Yoshida

Caitlyn Keenan, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Maynard, Administrative Director


Board of Trustees

Robert M. Levy, Chairman

  • Anne Searle Bent
  • Linda Buonanno
  • Lester N. Coney
  • A. Steven Crown
  • William M. Daley
  • Shawn M. Donnelley
  • Denise B. Gardner
  • Sarah Garvey*
  • Matthew Gibson
  • James A. Gordon
  • Kenneth C. Griffin
  • Joseph P. Gromacki
  • Ann Grube
  • Caryn Harris
  • John W. Jordan II
  • Pamela Joyner
  • Rita Knox
  • Jay Krehbiel
  • Eric P. Lefkofsky
  • Tim Maloney
  • John Manley
  • Joseph Mansueto
  • Nancy Lauter McDougal
  • Eric T. McKissack
  • Cary D. McMillan
  • Samuel M. Mencoff
  • Sylvia M. Neil
  • Dustin O’Regan*
  • Cynthia Perucca
  • Anne Pramaggiore
  • Thomas J. Pritzker
  • J. Christopher Reyes
  • Linda Johnson Rice
  • Andrew M. Rosenfield
  • Michael Sacks
  • Stephanie Sick*
  • Dr. Prabhakant Sinha
  • Rebecca Ford Terry*
  • Marilynn Thoma
  • Byron Trott
  • David J. Vitale
  • Frederick H. Waddell

* Ex Officio Trustees


Life Trustees

  • Karen B. Alexander
  • Marilynn B. Alsdorf
  • E. M. Bakwin
  • Neil G. Bluhm
  • Barbara Bluhm-Kaul
  • John H. Bryan
  • Gilda Buchbinder
  • Kay Bucksbaum
  • John Chapman
  • Francie Comer
  • Janet Duchossois
  • Fred Eychaner
  • Aaron Fleischman
  • Mike Fox
  • Karen Frank
  • Barbara Franke
  • Stanley M. Freehling
  • Jean Goldman
  • Richard Gray
  • Mary Winton Green
  • Diane Halle
  • David C. Hilliard
  • Mary Jaharis
  • Judy Keller
  • Barbara Levy Kipper
  • Frederick Krehbiel
  • Anstiss Hammond Krueck
  • Leonard Lavin
  • Lawrence F. Levy
  • Julius Lewis
  • Barry L. MacLean
  • Lewis Manilow
  • H. George Mann
  • Beatrice Cummings Mayer
  • Howard M. McCue III
  • Stuart D. Mishlove
  • Isobel Neal
  • Judith Neisser
  • Alexandra C. Nichols
  • Marian Pawlick
  • Harvey Plotnick
  • John W. Rowe
  • Shirley Welsh Ryan
  • Ellen Sandor
  • Gordon Segal
  • Brenda Shapiro
  • Manfred Steinfeld
  • Irving Stenn, Jr.
  • Howard S. Stone
  • Melinda Martin Sullivan
  • Louis B. Susman
  • Roger Weston