Individuals who wish to launch careers in fashion may benefit from enrolling in a design program. For instance, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Fashion Design Department provides students with experiential opportunities such as an annual fashion show.
According to the school, the event has been a traditional for more than seven decades. The show, which draws crowds of art enthusiasts from around the world, features more than 250 original garments created by undergraduate students in SAIC's Fashion Design program. Seniors in the department create complete collections of five garments, while sophomores and juniors produce one item each.
The clothes are created utilizing techniques from the fields of sculpture, performance, art, design, technology, architecture and installation.
Prior to the fashion show, the school hosts THE WALK, which is a fundraising gala.
"THE WALK gives students a platform to share their work," said Walter Massey, SAIC president. "What I love about the show is not only the work, but the interaction with the students. You really feel their passion for what they are doing; it comes through palpably."
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