“To an artist, especially teenage artists, identity is everything. Who you are, how you act, what you dress like . . . It all plays a part in determining your place in the world.”
—Team Busted Seams, Chicago High School for the Arts, 2014

Ten teams of aspiring designers from across the Chicago area challenge themselves and each other in this three-month design competition. Using materials, tools, dress forms, embellishments provided by Azeeza US, and with the guidance of a mentor from the local fashion community, teens set out to create a look inspired by our new exhibition, Chicago Styled: Fashioning The Magnificent Mile®.

Their designs will be showcased at the celebratory finale on Thursday, April 30, and the winning design will be exhibited at the Chicago History Museum. Get ready for a night of live voting and Chicago style at our fashion mix!



Chicago High School for the Arts, Maine South High School, Niles North High School, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and Young Women’s Leadership Charter School



Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade boutique; Dieter Kirkwood, clothing designer; Kpoene' Kofi-Bruce, Creative Director at Mignonette Bridal; Mel Muoio, stylist; Andrea Reynders, Director of Design at Chicago Fashion Incubator; Lisa Hall, modeling instructor and former fashion model; Souk Supantavong, stylist, fashion show producer, and blogger; and Tim Tierney, founder of Stock Manufacturing Company



Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, BMO Harris Bank

Media Sponsor: Glossed and Found

Materials provided by: Azeeza US, Winzeler Gears

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