Fashion Forward

Minami Furukawa

Nick Cave

Fashion is a form of art too, so for you textile-interested fans out there, Chicago Art Magazine has compiled a few fashion-forward events scheduled throughout the rest of 2010:

Nick Cave–Department Chair of the School of the Art Institute’s fashion department’s— Soundsuits are featured in the September issue of Vogue (in newsstands now). To celebrate this, the designer will showcase his creations in “Drive-by”, an exclusive weeklong video art installation on the corner of E. 23rd St. and Michigan Avenue, open from September 10-17th, 6-9pm daily.

Adjacent to the installation, a Soundsuit pop-up shop will also be available as a physical version of Cave’s soundsuitshop.com, offering limited edition prints of the Soundsuits, books, 3-D cards, T-shirts, viewfinders, and more. The stores are a collaboration between Cave and Bob Faust of Faust Design.

The Soundsuit pop-up shop will open on September 10 from 8 to 10 pm, with Cave present from 9:30 to 10pm for signings of the September issue of Vogue.

Chicago Antique Market

The 7th Annual Rising Stars Awards presented by the Fashion Group Foundation of Chicago celebrates regional up-and-coming designers in apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, interior design, and retail. This glamorous event will take place on September 16, at the Hotel SAX. Tickets are $135/person, and include cocktails and dinner before the presentation.

The Randolph St. Market Festival’s final outdoor event will take place on September 25th and 26th. The festival will include the Chicago Antique Market, and the Indie Designer Market, bringing together designers, collectors, and merchandisers from across the globe (Think the recent pop-up antique bazaar at the Congress Theatre’s famous, and wiser older sister). Entry is $12 at the door, but there are some online and student discounts if you buy your tickets ahead of time.

The annual Fashion Focus Chicago will take place this October (specific dates TBA) in Millenium Park, with plenty of runway shows, previews, and events sure to be in the mix.

Charles James Ball Gown

For those deftly handed fiber-arts and fashion designers out there, call up your trade member contacts to get access to the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show taking place on October 21st and 22nd at the Merchandise Mart Plaza. As the largest of its kind in the Midwest, the show houses more than 100 national fabric and trim resources at wholesale prices, catering to small businesses. Open exclusively to members of trade.

The School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Resource Center is host to many unique opportunities with their lecture and workshop series, and their upcoming events attest to that; the Making Workshop on September 18th features artist Beata Kania on Needlework and Embroidery, with discussions on the artist’s work and demonstrations of basic techniques.

Charles James

Another workshop will be available on December 4th with ribbon artist and author Candace Kling on the topic of ribbon art and fabric manipulation. Kling will discuss ribbon and fabric manipulation through history with slides, boards, and samples.

The Fashion Resource Center’s Making Workshops are held at 36 South Wabash Avenue, from 9:30 to 4:30 pm, with tickets at $75 ($50 for SAIC students).

In addition to the workshops, the Fashion Resource Center’s Behind the Seams Lecture Series is running through November. Homer D. Layne’s lecture on historic American fashion designer Charles James will take place on October 28th. Working under the artist known for his elegantly couture dresses, Layne created more than thirty garments for James’ distinguished clients.

On November 18th, curator/author/historian Kohle Yohannan will present his lecture titled “Model and Muse: Fashioning the Ideal”.

All lectures take place in SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center, at 36 S. Wabash Avenue, Room 735. Tickets are $35 ($25 for SAIC students).