Seventeenth Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence
(Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage)
Celebrating the designers of tomorrow, the annual fashion show gives selected students from local programs an opportunity to showcase their talents and further their careers.
(April 27, 6:30pm-12am)
Arte Diseño Xicágo
(National Museum of Mexican Art)
An exhibition focusing on the influence of Mexican travelers, immigrants and artists in Chicago’s art and design scene through artifacts, photography and design objects, from the World’s Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era.
(Through August 19)
Macy’s Flower Show
(Macy’s State Street)
This is your last chance to immerse yourself in Macy’s annual floral wonderland. Featuring theme gardens, special events and family activities, “Once Upon a Springtime” promises a fairytale fortnight starting with the unveiling of Macy’s famed floral windows at the State Street flagship.
(Through April 8)
(5649 North Sheridan)
Season opener: The vintage clothing and jewelry show inside a multi-story garage filled with all the vintage you ever dreamt of: from clothing and accessories, to furniture and decor, to kitchen appliances, lighting and bedding from decades past.
(April 15, 10am-5pm, $5, Season Pass $50)
Fashion Challenge X: A Decade of Impact
(Chicago Cultural Center)
Heshima Kenya celebrates ten years of impact in the lives of refugee girls and young women with a “Project Runway”-inspired fashion show that also highlights their social enterprise, the Maisha Collective, a program that fosters girl’s empowerment, leadership and business skills through the design and production of unique hand-dyed fabrics and scarves.
(April 12, 6-10pm, $150-$200)
Greek-born Vasia Rigou is a Chicago-based art critic and pop culture journalist, largely on the subjects of contemporary art, design, and fashion. She moved to Chicago in 2013 to study Arts Journalism at the School of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC,) where she was awarded the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship. She grew up to appreciate art after years of carefully planned, culture-filled travel itineraries and museum-hopping around Europe with her family. During this time, she received a bachelor’s in English Literature, in her native Athens; a master’s in Media, in Nottingham, UK; and studied foreign languages—English, German, and Spanish at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her writing—reviewing museum exhibitions, gallery shows, art fairs, fashion shows, and music festivals among others—has been published nationally and internationally both in print and online. In 2017, she founded and now serves as editor-in-chief of Rainbowed.—an independently published website focused on the visual and performing arts, digital media, and popular culture. When she’s not writing about art or looking at art—wine in hand, she keeps up with Chicago’s creative entrepreneurial and startup community, makes lists for pretty much everything, eats immense amounts of pizza and takes cross-country road trips every chance she gets.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.rigouvasia.com