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May 7, 2009

FashioNext design competition

I followed the blog from The Chicago History Museum challenge FashioNext and feel this is worthwhile  to share with you. It is amazing what designers can do with upholstery/drapery fabrics.

FashioNext organized by the Chicago History museumIt’s here! The Museum’s first-ever fashion design competition–FashioNext. Eight Chicagoland designers will create couture garments inspired by Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum and one garment will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

Fashion next inspiration

Sketches made by the designers

Meet the designers

The three finalists

Working with Brentano fabrics (upholstery/ drapery fabrics)

See the designers in their studios

Finally the winner is

The winner’s design will be part of the exhibition Chic Chicago  Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum till July 26 2009

See for more information


  1. Thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by Trudy Callan — May 7, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  2. Thanks so much for posting this! Nice way to spend my morning coffee/computer time 🙂 I hope to visit the exhibit before it leaves in July, as both of my daughters are living in Chicago…..

    Comment by Patty — May 8, 2009 @ 6:59 am

  3. Oh Els, thanks for changing the links so that they open in a new window! Much easier to read this post. I’m sad that I can’t make it up to Chicago to see the exhibit

    Comment by Mary Beth — May 8, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  4. Oh wow…. thanks for sharing it with us, Els.

    Comment by KayB — May 10, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  5. thanks for sharing it with us, Els.

    Comment by Fashion — May 15, 2009 @ 6:31 am

  6. Thank you for sharing these very interesting links, Els

    Comment by Tany — May 24, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

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