Searching For Chicago's Next Fashion Star

Chicago History Museum searches for new design talent

By KIM PEIFFER
|  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 11:20 AM CDT
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New York may think it has an edge in the world of fashion, but Chicago had proved year after year that it, too, can produce its fair share of talent. And our city is encouraging young designers to show off their stuff in another fashion competition, this time hosted by the Chicago History Museum.

Go online and vote for your favorite designer in The Chicago History Museum’s third annual FashioNext design competition, featuring top students from four of Chicago’s fashion design schools.

In this year’s challenge, students must create a garment inspired by design, pattern work or construction details from a Charles James original design from the Museum’s costume collection.

The winner of the competition will be announced live at Dress Code, an annual runway show featuring designs from four local schools, on the evening of Wednesday, October 19at the museum and  will receive a 2011 museum internship along with a $500 stipend.

To vote for the next FashioNext: The Charles James Project winner, click here, where you can learn more about the finalists and place your vote. And, an added bonus for voters -- you’ll be automatically entered to win four tickets to Dress Code, so you can see the magical fashion for yourself.

 Place your vote by October 17.

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