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Driehaus Awards highlight student designers' talents

Driehaus Awards highlight student designers' talents

The Driehaus Design Initiative hosted the 16th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence at Vintage Studios on April 28. More than 400 guests gathered in the South Loop industrial space to view a runway competition featuring collections from 25 of Chicago's top emerging fashion design students.

Hosted by Inese and Richard Driehaus, the elegant fashion soiree was emceed by Sylvia Perez, Fox-32 anchor and reporter, and included a pre-party, live entertainment, a live auction (which raised $26,100) and a VIP after-party. Guests also enjoyed a collection of Richard Driehaus' vintage automobiles.

During the 45-minute fashion show, student designers, who were selected from...