Fashion Columbia Raises $150,000 for Fashion Studies Student Scholarships


Evening Celebrates Runway Designs of 15 Recent Graduates with Standing-Room-Only Crowd

CHICAGO (June 20, 2013) – Fashion Columbia 2013 on June 7 saw a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 guests fill the Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center to celebrate designs of 15 May 2013 Fashion Studies graduates.

In the second year of a revamped evening event, the silent and live auctions, ticket sales and corporate sponsorships helped raise $150,000 for student scholarships in the Department of Fashion Studies.

VIP guests started the evening mingling in an open-air courtyard during a reception with a live DJ before the show. The main event, the fashion show, in the MPC’s 7,200-square-foot main sound stage, featured 45 student designs, including evening gowns, outerwear, menswear and dresses presented in a strobe-lit runway-style format. These student designs were chosen from a larger show of graduating senior works presented in May during the annual Launch runway shows presented by the department.

During the program, author and Essence magazine Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor received the Fashion Columbia Visionary Award for her contributions to fashion and style, leading a cross section of women of all colors for more than 30 years.

The Emerging Alumni Award was presented to alumna Lauren McKeague (B.A. ’07, Arts, Entertainment and Media Management with a focus in Retail Management), owner of Pink Slip Dress Boutique in Mokena, Ill.

The Fashion Columbia 2013 chair was Susanna Negovan, editor of Splash, a Chicago Sun-Times publication. Emcee for the evening was actress and alumna Michelle Alegria.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for nearly 11,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit


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