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					March 8, 2005 For immediate Release Office of Public Relations School of the Art Institute of Chicago Zak Boerger at 312 629-6190 – or -- zboerger@saic.edu

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to Honor “Sex and the City” Costume Designer, Patricia Field
Chicago, Illinois -- The Auxiliary Board of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will honor celebrated fashion designer Patricia Field at the 18th annual Fashion Gala on Saturday, May 7, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Acclaimed as the costume designer for HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Patricia Field’s work includes groundbreaking projects for television, theater and film, as well as several Emmy ® nominations and awards. The Head to Toe Fashion Gala is the School’s largest and most important fundraising benefit of the year. Proceeds from the event fund diverse academic programs and initiatives that nourish the next generation of artists and designers. “The Fashion Gala showcases the work of some of the most gifted students from our fashion design program, and has played an important role in establishing SAIC as one of the innovators of fashion design in the world”, said SAIC professor and president Tony Jones. “It is particularly appropriate to honor legendary costume designer Patricia Field, since the fashion department was founded in 1934 by an early costume designer, Cornelia Steckl.” The department has helped to launch the careers of some of SAIC’s most talented alumni, including such renowned designers as Halston, Gemma Kahng, Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto, Eunhwa Kim, Lawrence Steele and Denise Allen Robinson, as well as rising stars Leonides Beltran, Gary Graham, Lara Miller and Shane Gabier. The annual Head to Toe Fashion Gala offers a unique opportunity for up-andcoming design students to showcase their distinctive visions and skills to industry and public audiences. Sophomore, junior and senior students will show unified design collections, including sportswear, eveningwear, dresses, coats and suits, that challenge the boundaries of fabric, shape, proportion and color. The show uses professional models accompanied by exciting sound and light effects. The
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Legend of Fashion Award and the Faculty Fashion Award will be presented in front of more than 400 leaders in the fashion, media and social worlds. “The annual Head to Toe Gala represents the culmination of the individual design visions and aesthetics developed by our students during their studies at the School of the Art Institute,” said Fashion Chair Andrea Reynders. “It provides a professional experience to our students as they consider careers in the fashion industry.” The Head to Toe Gala will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 6:30 pm in the Art Institute of Chicago at 111 S. Michigan Avenue. For ticket information, contact Heather Crammond at the School of the Art Institute at 312-899-5212 or email hcramo@artic.edu. The gala will be preceded by the Fashion Show 2005 on May 5th at 7 p.m. and May 6th at 2 and 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact 312-899-5155. About the Honoree Patricia Field’s acclaimed work for “Sex and the City “ follows a history of design projects for television, including shows like “Crime Story,” “Wiseguy” and “Spin City. She recently received a fourth Emmy ® nomination for Outstanding Costumes for a Series for her fashions on “Sex and the City,” after winning the award two years ago and an earlier Emmy ® in 1989. Field’s current projects include designing costumes for ABC’s “Hope and Faith,” the Broadway musical “The Opposite of Sex,” and creating and directing a short film for DKNY, “The Cocktail Party.” Field is also designing limited edition footwear and accessories for Candie’s, and her own clothing line. About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago A leader in art education for more than 140 years, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (www.artic.edu/saic) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art and design to over 2600 students from around the world. In addition to the time-honored study of painting, sculpture, printmaking and fashion design, the School embraces film and new media, electronic arts, design, and transdisciplinary fields such as visual and critical studies. Located in the heart of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts exhibitions, lectures and other public programs through venues such as the Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery and Gallery 2; and in conjunction with Performing Arts Chicago and the Poetry Center.

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