Photography by Kohl Murdock
Earlier this month, the School of the Art Institute Chicago showcased more than 200 original garments by 80 sophomores, juniors and seniors in Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade for its 81st annual runway show, “The Walk.” While fashion is constantly focused on what’s up-and-coming in New York, the midwest is certainly asserting its voice as a major player and SAIC’s “The Walk” was loud proof.
Following a multi-media performance art piece called, “THE DOLLS,” by Chicago artist Claudia Hart, sophomores showed one alchemy-inspired look each, juniors presented three-look collections and seniors closed with five-look collections. Fashion film pioneer Diane Pernet was also honored, receiving the school’s “Legend of Fashion” award—a recognition previously awarded to Nick Cave, renowned for his stunning wearable art.
Junior highlights from “The Walk” included Mady Berry’s campy desert looks pulled straight from an episode of “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” Eda Yorulmazoglu’s incredibly unsettling baby book costumes and Alicia Perrillo’s whimsical lineup that’d find a comfortable home within the McQueen umbrella. Senior highlights included Kaleigh Moynihan, whose collection featured rainbow nipples and bloodshot eyeballs, and Carley Callis, who sent models down the runway in tattered blond wigs and genderless layers. See more of our favorites, above.