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Schooled on the Catwalk

School of the Art Institute hosts 75th anniversary show

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    Schooled on the Catwalk
    Marcus Riley
    The annual fashion event showcases student designs.

    The School of the Art Institute's Fashion Show is Chicago's own arty version of Fashion Week.

    SAIC is celebrating the show's 75th anniversary in the recently opened Sullivan Galleries. They're switching up the usual runway format and showcasing the drama of an art gallery setting.

    More than 200 innovative garments -- all created by students -- will be showcased during this multimedia celebration of creative clothing and contemporary art on Thursday and Friday.

    Insider Info: A special preview fundraiser, "The Walk 2009," will be held on Thursday, honoring designer and alumna Maria Pinto (BFA 1990), known widely as a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama. Guests will be the first to see this year's show, and will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation with the designers. Some of SAIC's other fab alumni are such notable designers as Halston and Cynthia Rowley. Click here for the various show start times.

    Ginny Berg is a contributor for TheChiGuide.com.