A competition for aspiring teen designers
FashioNext challenges teams from local schools and community organizations to create garments inspired by the Museum’s world-renowned costume collection. Teens have met this challenge head-on, creating powerful, bold, and expressive fashion.
“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.”
—Chicago High School for the Arts team, 2014
Each season begins with a kick-off event that sets the stage for the designers’ journey and culminates with a public finale, which showcases the final looks, announces the judges’ awards, and includes live voting for a people’s choice award. Teams receive materials and embellishments, the guidance of mentors from the fashion industry, and assignments to help them realize their final designs.
Design Challenge: Welcome to Chicago, 2072
FashioNext 2017 is underway. This year’s competition draws inspiration from the garments in Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier and is based in a speculative future created by acclaimed young adult author Laura Ruby. CHM has challenged FashioNext designers to imagine themselves in 2072, where they must contend with fabric restrictions, rationed materials, and DIY embellishments. Couture, uniformity, and service to one’s country are at the heart of this design challenge. Winning garments will go on display at the Museum in May 2017.
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using #FashioNext on Instagram.
FashioNext 2017 would not be possible without the generous support of:
Special thanks to: