Chicago Fashion Foundation's 4th Annual Scholarship Event

Monday, March 7, 2011

On March 3rd, 2011, Chicago fashion enthusiasts gathered at the Chicago History Museum to observe designers in the making compete for scholarship awards. Showcasing designs inspired by the Chicago music scene, nine students vied for $6,500 in scholarship prizes and the coveted title of 'Chicago's Future in Fashion'.

Chicago's School of the Art Institute student Ana Leon, took home a $5,000 scholarship for her original design inspired by Chicago's jazz scene.  K'lynn Kennedy (International Academy of Design and Technology) came in 2nd place for her 'Classical Edge' design and Rebecca Lopez (Columbia College) placed in 3rd  for her ensemble inspired by The Maxwell Street blues. 

The competing designs were judged with the help of Chicago's fashion contributors and enthusiasts including designer Lara Miller24/Chicago's Catie KeoghAmanda Monteiro of MODEcollective and fashion enthusiast and blogger Candace Jordan

As a board member, it was an honor to help host some of Chicago fashion's finest and provide an opportunity where industry enthusiasts could network with one another, support local design students and grow the Chicago fashion scene. 

Daniel Tomei of Tutto Bene Photography served as official photographer and his eye for detail captured the true magic and energy of the evening, have a look!

Much more after the break...

My husband, Alex, snapped some additional photo's for your viewing pleasure...
The beautiful event space pre-set up.

Chicago street style blogger Amy Creyer talks with guests. 

Discussing the photography details while enjoying a delicious cupcakes from sponsor Crumbs bakery.

Judges Amanda Monteiro of MODEcollective, 24/Chicago's Catie Keoghdesigner Lara Miller and fashion enthusiast and blogger Candace Jordan preview the looks.

Board Vice President Sandra Enimil discussing the mission of CFF while Project Runway's Peach Carr and Board President Kristen Amato look on. 

Myself with Patty Morales, 24/7's Catie Keogh and CFF public relations specialist Erica Morisco.

It was a pleasure to meet so many industry enthusiasts, including these lovely ladies!

With Board Members Amanda Domaleczny, Erica Morisco, Brooke Null and Jenny Lezan.
Be sure to c
heck out Jenny's blog - The Chicago Fashion Trends Examiner!

A huge thanks to our gracious sponsors, hardworking volunteers and honored guests, we couldn't do it without you! Additional photos and press can be found on the Chicago Fashion Foundation website. For more information on becoming a member of CFF please contact me at


  1. So many really great photos here....looks like a great time! And of course, you all look marvelous!

  2. Wow, great photos - this looks like such an awesome event!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  3. great photos! I love the b&w ones. I bet this event was a blast. Did you walk a red carpet? :)

  4. Wow, it looks like you guys had such a great time!! I wish I would have gone!

  5. Wow, very fancy schmanzy! You got some great photos, too! I enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing : )

  6. What a terrific event-no wonder you've been so busy! The space looked absolutely fantastic, and so did you, gorgeous!

    xo, Lena

  7. awww I love this! congratulations honey :) You look stunning ps. per usual.

  8. what a fun event!! the event space looks gorgeous!

  9. omg what a beautiful event, love the dresses on the models and the venue is SO BEAUTIFUL, that long hallway with those tiles just says it all! and of course you look amazing too ;)

  10. What a lucky gal! Fun event!

  11. oh these are such beautiful pictures! what a lovely event! i'm full of envy (in a good way :P)
    everything and everyone looks amazing!

  12. Wow what amazing photos!!! You were probably so excited!! It look like a fantastic evening!!

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