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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fashion Show Gala
The Walk 2010

Joanna Getteflinger design photo by Jeremy Lawson. Jin Hee Heo and Heidi Mullins-Lemieux designs

Joanna Getteflinger design photo by Jeremy Lawson. Jin Hee Heo and Heidi Mullins-Lemieux designs
Photo by: James Prinz.


Chicago, IL—Nick Cave, professor and chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion Design Department, today announces that SAIC presents a special tribute to Ebony Fashion Fair Founder, Producer, and Director Eunice W. Johnson (1916–2010) at THE WALK 2010, SAIC's annual scholarship gala held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 7 in conjunction with its 76th annual fashion show, FASHION 2010. Johnson Publishing Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Linda Johnson Rice will introduce a video tribute to her mother featuring Ebony Fashion Fair highlights from its 50+ year history as the world's largest traveling fashion show. Mrs. Rice will also present a talented SAIC Senior with the $25,000 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship to help the student launch a fashion line upon graduation.

In consultation with other designers and SAIC faculty, Mrs. Rice will judge senior garments in the months leading up to FASHION 2010 in order to select one SAIC senior to receive the award. The fellowship is the latest chapter in a long history of support for SAIC students from the Johnson family. In 1983, John and Eunice W. Johnson founded the John and Eunice Johnson Scholarship at SAIC to assist African American students with financial need. More than 100 students have benefitted from that scholarship since its inception.

In addition to the video presentation, SAIC's tribute to Johnson will include a display of garments from the exclusive Ebony Fashion Fair collection.

"The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Tribute to Eunice W. Johnson connects the pioneering fashion legacy of Ebony and Jet magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and the Ebony Fashion Fair to the next generation of fashion designers and patrons who will be in attendance at THE WALK 2010 and SAIC FASHION 2010 events," said Nick Cave. "SAIC is humbled, grateful and inspired by the support that the Johnson family has provided to our students throughout the years. The new Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship is just one of many examples of their enormous level of generosity."

"The Eunice W. Johnson fellowship is a tremendous tribute to my mother's lifelong passion for the arts, fashion and philanthropy. She was a woman ahead of her time and worked extremely hard to showcase the very best on the runways since 1958," said Rice. "Through Ebony Fashion Fair, up-and-coming designers and models gained exposure and furthered their fashion careers. This award represents my family's long-standing relationship with the Art Institute of Chicago and the importance of introducing new and innovative ideas to the world. It is an honor to provide this unique opportunity to one of SAIC's talented students."

"This gift is hugely important, as it allows one talented student to open the next chapter in their professional life with both resources and confidence," said SAIC President Wellington Reiter, FAIA. "This type of support should be applauded and I hope to see more corporations follow suit. It is an honor to team up again with Chicago's own Johnson Publishing Company, and we look forward to the achievements of this graduating class. Together, we will continue to honor Eunice Johnson's vision of finding exceptional talent in the fashion community."

More Information about THE WALK 2010

Tickets to THE WALK 2010 start at $500 and are available now. Call 312.899.5158 for tickets, tables, sponsorships, or more information.

THE WALK 2010 begins with a pre-show cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception at 6 p.m. in Griffin Court. At 7 p.m., special guest emcees Christian Farr (of NBC 5 Chicago) and Karen Jordan (of ABC 7 Chicago) kick off the evening and introduce special guests William Ivey Long and SAIC alumnus Gary Graham (BFA 1992). Long will present Graham with the 2010 SAIC Legend of Fashion Award, and then Graham will announce 3 SAIC student scholarship winners. Next, Linda Johnson Rice will introduce a video tribute to Eunice W. Johnson, followed by the announcement of the $25,000 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship winner.  SAIC President Wellington Reiter, FAIA, and SAIC Fashion Design Department Chair Nick Cave will provide brief remarks and kick off the SAIC FASHION 2010 runway show. The evening concludes with an elegant post-show dinner in Terzo Piano at 8 p.m., featuring the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, who has been delighting Chicagoans for years at Spiaggia.

Proceeds from THE WALK 2010 benefit scholarship funding for SAIC students. This year's WALK chairs are Marilyn Fields (Chicago) and Greg Cameron (Chicago). THE WALK 2010 co-chairs are Stephanie Sick (Winnetka), Donna LaPietra (Chicago and Mettawa), and Bisi Williams Mau (Winnetka).

Presentation of the 2010 SAIC Legend of Fashion Award to SAIC alumnus and New York-based designer Gary Graham (BFA 1992) will be a highlight of the evening, in addition to the Eunice W. Johnson tribute. In 2009, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour announced Graham as a finalist of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. Graham launched his line in the fall of 1999, and his background in costume and textile design is apparent, season after season, in his collections imbued with a casual luxury and a sense of history. He is attracted to contrasts (light and dark, fitted and flowing) and cause and effect, discovering the particular beauty in each. This approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses, blouses, and slouchy knits —all rendered in a rich and varied palette, with texture achieved by meticulous washing and dying processes that are a Gary Graham trademark. Gary Graham collections are available in specialty boutiques and department stores worldwide, including Chicago-based boutiques Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Avenue) and Koros Art & Style Ltd (1039 W. Lake Street).

About Eunice W. Johnson (1916–2010)

Eunice W. Johnson, 93, was a trailblazer in helping build Johnson Publishing Company, home to EBONY and JET magazines as well as Fashion Fair Cosmetics, into a media and beauty powerhouse. As founder, producer and director of Ebony Fashion Fair—the world's largest traveling fashion show—her life and work were defined by her contributions to the world of fashion and design.

Since 1961, Mrs. Johnson served at the helm of Ebony Fashion Fair, which annually encompasses a nearly 180-city tour of the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. To date, Ebony Fashion Fair has raised more than $55 million for various scholarship groups, allowing hundreds of young people the opportunity to further their education. Today the show remains a staple in the fashion industry, showcasing the best in style on African American models of various shapes, sizes and skin tones. It was Mrs. Johnson's sheer determination and astute business sense that helped pave the way for supermodels Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Beverly Johnson.

Born in Selma, Alabama, Mrs. Johnson received her bachelor's degree in Sociology, with a minor in Art, from Talladega College in Alabama. She earned her master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition, she received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Talladega College in 1988 and Shaw University in 1990.

For her commitment to community service, Mrs. Johnson obtained several awards including honors from the United Negro College Fund, The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Alabama A&M, Loyola University and a host of others.

Mrs. Johnson was the wife of John H. Johnson, the late publisher and chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, which he founded in 1942 with her love and support. Her daughter, Linda Johnson Rice, is chairman and CEO. For more information about Eunice W. Johnson and Ebony Fashion Fair, visit

SAIC FASHION 2010 Schedule and Ticket Information
FASHION 2010 runway shows will be presented three times on Friday, May 7:
The 2 p.m. show is general admission seating. Tickets are $75 and on sale now, available online only via
The 7 p.m. show is part of SAIC's annual scholarship gala benefit, THE WALK 2010, which begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Tickets to THE WALK 2010 start at $500 and are available now. Call 312.899.5158 for tickets, tables, sponsorships, or more information. Proceeds from THE WALK 2010 benefit scholarship funding for SAIC students.
NightWalk 2010 is a new late-night fashion party from 9 p.m.–midnight, with a standing-room-only "Best of Show" runway presentation at 10 p.m. featuring 10 designs by SAIC Legend of Fashion honoree Gary Graham (SAIC BFA 1992). The special event includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets are $100 and on sale now, available online only via
For more information about tickets to the 2 p.m. show and NightWalk 2010, call 312.899.7484.
SAIC FASHION 2010 General Information

For general information about FASHION 2010, visit, e-mail or call SAIC Department of Fashion Design at 312.629.6710.

About Griffin Court

The two pavilions of the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing are connected by the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Court. Visitors enter Griffin Court from the Millennium Park entrance at Monroe Street. Griffin Court is a light-filled double-height circulation space that offers views of Pritzker Pavilion to the north and access to the Thomas and Margot Pritzker Garden and to the galleries devoted to photography, new media, and special exhibitions.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a museum in Chicago's Grant Park, located across from Millennium Park. For more information, please visit or follow the Art Institute of Chicago on Twitter @artinstitutechi.

About the SAIC Fashion Design Department

The success of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion Design program and SAIC's interdisciplinary approach to education is reflected in a list of alumni that includes such notable designers as Halston, Cynthia Rowley, Lawrence Steele, J. Morgan Puett, Eunwha Kim, Maria Pinto, Gary Graham, and Matthew Ames.  SAIC graduates hold senior design positions in firms as varied as Yeohlee, Jones New York, Levis, Nike, Charles Chang Lima, and Tommy Hilfiger, and design for Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, Tiffani Kim, Betsey Johnson, Triple5Soul, and Moschino. Upon graduating, many have chosen to intern for international houses such as Viktor & Rolf, Alexander McQueen, Wendy & Jim, Castelbajac, Zac Posen, Threeasfour and William Ivey Long, or to launch their own fashion lines. The current chair of SAIC's Fashion Design Department is critically acclaimed artist and designer Nick Cave. For more information, please visit

SAIC Faculty Accomplishments

Painting and Drawing faculty member Jim Lutes (MFA 1982) has now made the Whitney Biennial list not once but twice. His first appearance in the exhibition was in 1987. Lutes joins ten other artists this year who have shown in past Whitney Biennials: James Casebere and George Condo in the 1980s, Suzan Frecon in 2000, Hannah Greely in 2006, Robert Grosvenor in the 1960s and 70s, Martin Kersels in 1997, Ari Marcopoulos in 2002, Josephine Meckseper in 2006, Charles Ray several times in the 1980s and 90s, and Ellen Gallagher in 1995. Alumni Josh Brand
(BFA 2002) and Jessica Jackson Hutchins (MFA 1999) are also featured in this year's show.

Faculty member Anke Loh
(Fashion Design) was selected by the Flanders Fashion Institute to exhibit new work at Belgium's Flanders House in the New York Times Building during this year's Fashion Week in New York City, February 15–19. A recipient of the Hyères Grand Prix award, Loh is known for capturing individual identity within the dynamic urban environment. In September she staged a fashion show down the aisles of a Chicago grocery store, Feast and Fashion.

Hamza Walker, SAIC faculty member (Painting and Drawing) and curator at The Renaissance Society, is a recipient of the Ordway Prize from Creative Link for the Arts and the New Museum. Walker, along with Polish artist Artur Zmijewski, will receive an unrestricted award of $100,000. "Working with artists is a reward in itself, and I feel privileged at being so generously honored for my passion. I wish I had a grand vision for the award, but as it stands, the bricks and mortar of my life are in severe need of tuckpointing," said Walker in a statement released by the New Museum.

Critic Vince Aletti selected an installation at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery by Nick Cave (Professor and Chair, Fashion Design) for his Best of 2009 list in the December issue of Artforum. Aletti, who reviews photography exhibitions for the New Yorker, writes, "Cave's installation of dementendly decorated 'Soundsuits' was where I wanted to live earlier this season."

SAIC faculty members Lin Hixson (Performance) and Matthew Goulish (Writing) are the recipients of the 2009 USA Ziporyn Fellowship from United States Artists (USA). Hixson and Goulish, who share an unrestricted $50,000 grant, were two of just six recipients nationally to receive grants in the Dance category. In all, 348 applicants from 45 states were nominated for USA Fellowships, announced at a celebration in Los Angeles on December 14.

The Chicago History Museum announced March 2 that faculty member Katrin Schnabl (Fashion Design) has been selected as one of three finalists in the museum's current FashioNext competition, in which participants are challenged to design garments inspired by select pieces from the museum's renowned costume collection.


About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit



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