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Designer of Excellence Award

The Designer of Excellence Award is bestowed upon visionary designers who have indelibly left their mark on the fashion world. We are honored to add Carolina Herrera to the list of fashion luminaries previously celebrated by The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.

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Our sincerest appreciation to Mrs. Bonnie Hartung Deutsch for sponsoring us at The Casino.

Evening’s Schedule
6:00 p.m. Laurent-Perrier champagne reception with Carolina Herrera
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m  Designer of Excellence Award Presentation, sponsored by Buccellati

Underwriting Opportunities

The Details



15 th

6:00–10:00 p.m.



$ 500

Event Location

The Casino

195 East Delaware Place

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“I have a responsibility to the woman of today — to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.”
Carolina Herrera

About Carolina Herrera

Establishing a globally recognized style, Carolina Herrera has resided at the helm of her eponymous label for over three decades proving with each new season that effortless elegance paired with modern refinement is always relevant. With the encouragement and endorsement of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Herrera presented her first collection of women’s ready-to-wear at New York’s Metropolitan Club in 1981. The collection was hailed as a success and embraced by luxury retailers and fashion press alike. From there, her fashion house was born with the Carolina Herrera New York label!

Finding resonance on the runway, down the aisle and with media worldwide, Carolina Herrera has been embraced on the red carpet, dressing stars both well-known and on the rise such as Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, Salma Hayek, Marion Cotillard, Sandra Bullock, Tina Fey, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, and Zhang Ziyi. With the opening of her first New York boutique in 2000, the designer counts three flagships among her 125 retail locations and 223 shop-in shops in worldwide.

With both global recognition and praise, Carolina Herrera has been hailed as “Fashion’s First Lady.” She was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear “Designer of the Year” in 2004 and was honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2015, Vogue Spain bestowed upon Herrera “Who’s On Next Fashion Icon Award,” which celebrates the designers ongoing contribution to developing young designers and her immense influence in the fashion industry. Most recently, the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund presented Herrera with The Women’s Leadership Award for her contributions to fashion, culture and design in the last 35 years.

Past Honorees

James Galanos

Christian Lacroix

Sonia Rykiel

Hubert de Givenchy

Geoffrey Beene

Bill Blass

Ralph Rucci

Bob Mackie

Designer of Excellence Awards Invitation

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Designer of Excellence Awards Response Card

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Founded by Mrs. Philip K. Wrigley in April 1974, the purpose of the Costume Council is to support the Chicago History Museum as a leader in the documentation and interpretation of the history and the art of fashion. Through the Costume Council’s efforts, the Museum has been able to maintain and grow a thriving collection. The support the Council provides helps the Chicago History Museum care for, conserve, interpret, and display items in the costume collection to further our understanding of history through clothing. The Council also generously supports the Museum’s costume-based exhibitions and is proud to present what has grown to be one of the world’s premier collections, with pieces dating from the eighteenth century to present.

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