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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013

Fashion Columbia 2013… Standing Room Only

Fashion Columbia 2013… Standing Room Only

An enchanting evening for fashion, familiar faces, and fundraising. VIP guests started the night mingling in the open-air courtyard, enjoying cocktails, lite bits, and a live DJ. The main event, the fashion show, featured 45 student designs, including evening gowns, outerwear and dresses presented in a strobe-lit runway-style format produced by the legendary Neva Ivon.

For the second year of a revamped evening event, the silent and live auctions, ticket sales and corporate sponsorships helped raise $150,000 for student scholarships in the Department of Fashion Studies.


Emcee for the evening was actress and alumna Michelle Alegria, who with the help of Fashion Columbia 2013 chair  Susanna Negovan, editor of Splash, presented author and Essence magazine Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor the Fashion Columbia Visionary Award for her contributions to fashion and style for more than 30 years. The Emerging Alumni Award was presented to alumna (’07) Lauren McKeague owner of Pink Slip Dress Boutique in Mokena, Ill.

Sarah Zakareckis

Sarah Zakareckis

Sarah (Zak) Zakareckis is a fashion Jane-of-all-Trades. She has worked in the fashion industry for over a decade and has loved every minute of it. In addition to her column with IOnTheScene, Sarah is the in-house graphic designer for eDrop-Off, and the Director of Runway for Benjamin Cottrell Designs. She currently resides in the Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park, with her soulmate and their beautiful baby boy.




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