On April 26 from 6 to 8:15 p.m., Chicago-area teen fashion designers will compete for the opportunity to exhibit their garments at the Chicago History Museum’s FashioNext Finale event.

“FashioNext is an opportunity for teens to develop their voice, produce work and make their mark in the Chicago fashion community,” said Ilana Bruton, public programs manager at the Chicago History Museum.

The program challenges teams from local schools and community organizations to create garments inspired by the museum’s world-renowned costume collection. This year, teen designers took design inspiration from the museum’s costume exhibition, Making Mainboucher: The First American Couturier and Snow, a fictional future created by young adult author Laura Ruby.

The FashioNext Finale includes an award ceremony and appearances from hip-hop artist and fashion icon The Boy Illinois, fashion designer Azeeza Khan, and Ruby.

The public is invited to the Finale that is free for teens and $5 suggested donation for adults.

​FashioNext is sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund. For more information about the Chicago History Museum’s exhibitions and programs, visit chicagohistory.org or call 312-642-4600.

Student designers pose at the kick off of the Chicago History Museum's FashioNext competition (photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum).

Area Students Will Match Creative Acumen in Chicago History Museum's FashioNext Competition