IADT-Chicago Students Prepare for 32nd Annual IMAGINE Fashion Show

May 19, 2011

Featuring ABC 7’s Val Warner, Designers Michelle Tan and Nora del Busto, Miss Illinois USA 2011 Angela Sparrow and musical artist Kristinia DeBarge to perform

March 14, 2011 (Chicago, IL)—One of Chicago’s hottest fashion showcases is set to take place at the UIC Forum Stage on Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 8 p.m. when students from The International Academy of Design & Technology host IMAGINE ‘11. Emceed by ABC 7’s Val Warner, this student-produced exhibition will showcase the multitude of design talent and production of IADT’s students, in addition to highlighting unique programs at the school. Featuring over 100 original student designs by over 40 designers, Miss Illinois USA 2011 Angela Sparrow will lend a hand on the runway while musical guest Kristinia DeBarge performs for a night of fashion, fun and inspiration!

“The 2011 IMAGINE show is all about go big or go home,” says Travis Reed, Creative Marketing Director for IADT.  “We plan to inspire Chicagoan designers and residents this year to broaden fashion horizons and stimulate our local economy. Everything this year is larger – stage, audience, model cast, venue, effects, etc.” Having first worked on this production as a student in 1998, Reed has seen it come full circle to the extravaganza it is today. “The show will not only wow the audience with our student’s talent, but help raise awareness for The Humane Society of the United States and contribute to The Ronald McDonald House Charities.” 

IMAGINE ‘11 is created, produced and performed by the students and faculty of IADT Chicago. Each program at IADT plays an intricate role in bringing IMAGINE ‘11 to life including Interior Design, Advertising & Design, Multi-Media Production & Design, Merchandising Management and Fashion Design. From developing a creative logo, assembling sensational stage designs, casting professional models from Ford and Factor, and designing unique garments, all of these programs come together as a team.  Student designs, chosen by a panel of local fashion insiders and industry experts, will grace the runway featuring categories such as daywear, swim, cocktail, evening, wearable art and fabric manipulation with a special presentation of McQueen inspired gowns in honor of the late Alexander McQueen.

The evening will honor and feature a fashion installation from IADT graduate and locally acclaimed designer Nora del Busto, who won Latino Fashion Week in 2008 and was chosen for Macy’s 2009 Fashion Incubator program. Also, IADT graduate LaTonya Williams, who received accolades at last year’s show for her attention-grabbing yellow coat dress that opened up Imagine 2010.  Williams recently made headlines for being chosen as one of six designers to compete on Kenmore Live Studio's online competition "So You Wanna Be A Designer," hosted by Debbie Jagel.

IMAGINE ‘11 will also feature two competitions; LAUNCH YOUR LINE, a grant contest sponsored by IADT alum Michelle Tan, where fashion design students compete by creating looks to be sold in her store at Block 37. After reviewing sketches submitted, Tan will choose five finalists who will then create pieces for consideration.  All proceeds from sales will go to the winner including $1000 in grant money. TRENCH OF YOUR DREAMS, the 2011 Alumni Trench Coat Design Contest, is hosted by the IADT Fashion Design Department and invites graduates to design the ultimate trench coat for a $1000 cash prize.  Ten designs will be a featured segment on the runway at IMAGINE ’11 and the winner announced that night.

To purchase tickets for IMAGINE ‘11, please contact 312.980.9295 or iadtimagine@iadtchicago.com. Prices range from $25-$100 for general admission. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities. For additional information, visit www.iadtchicagoimagine.com

About the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago
With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The flagship Chicago campus (IADT-Chicago), offers degree programs in fashion design, information technology, interior design, merchandising management, visual communications and computer forensics. Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. IADT-Chicago is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. IADT-Chicago does not guarantee employment or salary and is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, please visit www.iadt.edu/Chicago  or call 888-318-6111.

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