Academy-Chicago Holds Annual Fashion Show to Rave Reviews

May 29, 2008

CHICAGO (May 29, 2008) -- The International Academy of Design & Technology-Chicago (the Academy-Chicago) held it's annual fashion show "Imagine 2008" on Thursday, May 15 at Chicago's historic Union Station. Home to the Academy's annual show for the past five years, Union Station provides an elegant backdrop for this upscale, professional production.

Themed Couture to the People, more than 1000 attendees watched as models walked the runway in 115 garments. Ensembles and collections ranged from those made solely with organic textiles to evening wear, sportswear, wearable art and avant-garde.

In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, General Motors hosted a Student Design Competition, challenging Academy students to create garments inspired by some of GM's hottest cars. With more than 90 entries to consider, General Motors chose the top winners who won a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to have their work shown throughout 2008 at various fashion shows and displays.

Winners chosen were

  • Nora del Busto for her sporty, "armor-like" ensemble emulating the rugged exterior of the Hummer HX Concept;
  • Robin Clayborne for her sleek, one-shoulder cocktail dress reflecting the 3-door design of the Saturn Astra;
  • Koree Gilbert for her knit tunic and slacks with a dramatic neckline reminiscent of the distinctive flared fender of the Pontiac G8 GT;
  • Renee Patton for her sophisticated suit adapted from the curvaceous lines of the award-winning Chevrolet Malibu; and
  • Tiffany Schneider for her glamorous gown combining the classic beauty and powerful edge of the Saab 9-3 Turbo X.

Check out Press from Imagine 2008
Southtown Star Imagine 2008 (05/16/08)
Students Draw Design Inspiration from Automobiles
GM Student Design Competition Fuels Creativity

About the Academy
The International Academy of Design & Technology, founded in the 1970s with a single location, is a vibrant and growing college committed to providing a design education that delivers today's technology into the classroom, and tomorrow's creative professionals into the workforce. Today, the Academy has 10 locations and continues to grow. The Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Academy's Chicago location, established in 1978 and situated in the heart of Chicago's Loop, offers design and technology courses through its physical campus as well as through a virtual channel, Academy Online – the flexible way to earn an education without the limitations of geography. Combining the technological expertise of the Academy's sibling schools, major online universities that have provided an education to many thousands of satisfied alumni, with decades of its own experience delivering a design education that matters in the real-world, Academy Online provides an education that is both accessible and flexible, and that students can trust.

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© 2008 Tim Arroyo