Chicago Press Explore SAIC Fashion 2013
Local media outlets presented extensive coverage of SAIC’s annual fashion show and benefit gala, THE WALK 2013, in the week following the full day of events on Friday, May 3. Crain’s Chicago Business followed its full-page preview coverage with a Style File video column on May 8. Reporter Jackie Bender interviews Maria Pinto (BFA 1990), Walk emcee Anne Slowey from ELLE, and goes backstage with SAIC seniors Elizabeth Crum and Seth Garlock. In a WBEZ radio review, reporters Allison Cuddy and Natalie Moore focused on work by the junior class as well as this year’s outstanding menswear designs. In a ten-minute “Afternoon Shift” segment and subsequent Culture Blog post, Cuddy notes, “I was pleased to see that the work of many designers, but especially the looks by [SAIC senior] Sam Salvo, raised the menswear bar very high.” Racked.com Chicagocontributor Jared Hatch’s coverage was featured on the website’s national page May 6—Hatch picks out the “Dramatic Highlights” from the show and praises the seniors as “the real standouts”—and his morning coverage includes two videos from the runway. Chicago Magazine took a behind-the-scenes approach, with a photo feature showing the entire event from the preparation phase to the after-party. The Chicago Readerpublished images of fashionable guests on the sidewalk outside the tent. The Chicagoist reporter Jessica Milinaric speaks highly of SAIC’s fashion program and its exceptional students, “With a Fashion Design program whose alumni include Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto, and Halston, SAIC’s students are in good company.” WVON radio 1690 a.m., “The Talk of Chicago,” interviewed Producer and Creative Director Conrad Hamather for the program “Impresario Radio” on May 8; producer Aziza Lisa had particularly kind words about the Chicagoland native Jelisa Brown’s collection. Hamather took the opportunity to promote the pop-up shop open through May 19 at 108 N. State St.