Springtime in Chicago means new looks from students enrolled in the Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute Chicago.
The designs for men and women (and some creatures in between) hit the runway three times today, but Natalie Moore and I got there for the early show. There are clothes by sophmores and juniors but we focused on the graduating class, the seniors.
The winners will be announced tonight. In the meantime, here are some emerging designers that caught our eye - and the lens of Kate Dries.
Pirada Muadsong is inspired by shape shifters - those legendary creatures that morph between human and animal form at the drop of a hat! There was more variety across her 5 outfits, but the center-piece was a white wedding-esque dress topped by a Pippi Longstocking-ish boater hat. Muadsong is from Thailand and plans to spend the next year apprenticing in New York City.
Jasmine Tsang is inspired by the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. She uses severe, dark and heavy materials such as leather in the service of very feminine forms. The look is a bit Matrix (and futurism is a strong theme throughout student work) and a bit militaristic - fitted on top but a bit more flow toward the bottom of the garments.