Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CFI Collaborates with the International Vintage Poster Fair

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The International Vintage Poster Fair highlights original works of art in fashion advertising. This years exhibit consisted of vintage fashion posters, titled "Dressed to Sell"

The event was held at Chicago Cultural Center this past Friday night. The International Vintage Poster Fair held an exclusive preview party benefiting CFI designers. The designers had an enjoyable experience at the party! They were able to network while appreciating fashion, art, and cocktails. 

(See more pictures from this event below)

Designers: (left to right) Shelby Steiner, Olivia Hwang, and Takako Yamanaka

Designer: Katelyn Pankoke and Fiance

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Introducing the 2013 Designers-in-Residence!

Has another year past already?  It is once again time to welcome in a new group of designers into the CFI Program, we could not be more excited!  Read all about the great new talents below!

2013 Designers-in-Residence:

Agnes Hamerlik
Agnes Hamerlik is an artist and fashion designer currently living in Chicago. Hamerlik graduated cum laude from Columbia College in Spring 2012 earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in fashion design. She has a fine art, surreal and avant-garde style to her work. Hamerlik has a couture approach to garments based on quality of the product, fine fabrication, craftsmanship, innovative construction and limited edition pieces focusing on luxury eveningwear and high end contemporary women's wear. http://agneshamerlik.virb.com/contact

Olivia Hwang
Olivia Hwang’s interest in bridal design started when she was a child looking at fine lace and delicate lingerie wear at her father’s lingerie shop in Seoul, Korea. Hwang studied fashion design and construction and graduated with honors from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as a bridal gown designer in New York and New Jersey, but has returned to Chicago to start her own bridal line. She describes the collection as timeless couture gowns that combine tradition with current fashions utilizing silks, French lace, and embroidery of the highest quality. Hwang’s collection is conservative and classic yet, unique in that customers have flexibility in the styling of their own bridal looks to reveal and enhance beauty and personality. Hwang does not have a website at this time.

Lagi Nadeau
Lagilelei Nadeau was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and Michigan State University for fashion design. While attending FIT, she interned with Nicole Romano, later working as an assistant fashion designer at Tahari and then Ammara. In 2010, she launched the Lagi Nadeau jewelry collection which has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Knitting, Sugarlaws; and has accessorized fashion collections such as Kay Unger and Phoebe Couture. The Lagi Nadeau label will expand into an inaugural womenswear line with the launch of her Spring 2013 collection which blends high-end sophistication with a dash of edge. http://laginadeau.com/

Katelyn Pankoke
Katelyn Pankoke moved to Chicago after receiving her Bachelor's degree from Florida State University in Apparel Design and Technology. She launched her bridal line, Elaya Vaughn Bridal in November of 2011. Pankoke then went on to become a contestant on the current season of Project Runway (Season 11). Pankoke’s passion for bridal stems from a love of all things glamorous. She describes her design aesthetic as artful femininity. A dream element of whimsy is apparent in her designs, from lighter than air tiers of Silk organza to crystal encrusted bodices. http://www.elayavaughn.com/Elaya_Vaughn_Home.html

Shelby Steiner
Shelby Steiner draws inspiration from all things in life with the intent to bring awareness and better humanity. Steiner’s vision for transforming the traditional role of a designer, by combining activism for change, is seen each season through authentic print designs and signature styling that includes heavy layering and mixed media. Whether the inspiration is derived from a controversial subject matter or simply something beautiful that people need to pay more attention to, she aims to bring awareness through fashion. http://shelbysteiner.com/

Takako Yamanaka
Takako Yamanaka was born and raised in a family of artists; educated in Japan and the United States. Yamanaka studied fashion design in Tokyo and later in New York. She worked for a variety of garment and accessories companies, including making costumes for dance companies and artists. Being exposed to both the Eastern simplicity with Western sensitivity, Yamanaka draws inspirations from both cultures reflected in her avant guard style. Having a great respect for craftsmanship of design has always been an integral part of her life and work. Yamanaka does not have a website at this time.