New Blue on the Red Carpet!

Fashion Design, Fashion Inspiration

Lupita Nyong’o stunned the world with her whimsical gown at the Oscars!

This specific gown was designed by Prada and custom-made for only Lupita. 

She stated in an interview that she wanted to keep her culture alive, which is why the new color “Nairobi Blue” is all the hype!  

Pro Infirmis- “Because Who is Perfect?”

Fashion Inspiration, Fashion Resources, Visual Merchandising


Check out this YouTube Video! 

Mannequins created from people who have disabilities, and then put in a display window! 

Student Spotlight: Valeria Baker

Chicago Fashion, Fashion Resources

Valeria Baker

Valeria Baker
Major: Fashion

Valeria Baker initially came to College of DuPage for some college-level ESL classes that would help improve her English skills.

“While I was waiting to meet with a counselor, I was looking through the class schedule booklet and found out that fashion design was taught at COD,” she said. “My interest changed as soon as I read about getting a degree at COD. That same day I took the required placement tests and I started school right away that week.”

Baker cannot remember a time when she wasn’t attracted to design work. Despite her interest in fashion, she originally chose a different path.

“My first drawings were mostly related to fashion and shoes. But for different circumstances, I decided to study graphic design after I graduated from high school,” she said. “I consider those studies as my platform that today got me writing a bit about my work. A natural love for anything design-related, mixed with a solid base on Graphic Design plus an outstanding passion for fashion, motivated me to enter the Fashion program at COD.”

During her second year at COD, Baker decided to push herself outside of her comfort zone and signed up for the Chicago Fashion Foundation 2013 competition. The experience brought her much more than she anticipated.

“After I had a clearer idea of what fashion competitions were about, I started a new piece named ‘Grey Pleated Dress.’ I was able to show my piece at the Hard Rock Hotel fashion show in the finals competition event, and I got third place,” she said. “I competed among many great student designers from the most recognized fashion design schools in the region, and I felt very pleased with the results of the competition and my piece.

“During the creation of the ‘Grey Pleated Dress,’ I signed again into the 2014 Chicago Fashion Foundation competition and became a finalist again. As soon as I exposed my first piece at the Hard Rock Hotel, I started to get attention from some Chicago area photographers and models. That drove me to meet one of the finalists for Miss Illinois 2014. She asked me to design and create her evening gown for the finals event at Miss Illinois 2014 show. It was to me a great opportunity to show my design to a much bigger audience.”

Baker, who also earned third place in Next Fashion Chicago’s competition, plans to graduate with her associate’s degree in 2014, after which she would like to transfer to earn her bachelor’s degree.

“Ultimately I would love to create my own clothes line and keep up with couture garments. I love to experiment with new techniques and ideas while creating my pieces. I want to create unique pieces that do not need explanation behind them,” she said.

“The Fashion program at COD has been an inspirational motor in my life. Not only did I find excellent coaching here but I have found the way to express myself in a manner I never thought possible. I have been thrilled and fascinated to be a COD Fashion program student for the last two years. And I would tell my fellow students to not be afraid of showing your work. Success will come along while you work hard on your goals. Practice and practice, look at magazines, and teach your eye to create. Improve yourself on each work you make. Do your very best every time. Keep yourself motivated. The opportunities are there for someone, don’t let anyone take yours. Honestly, I don’t think there is another way to be successful in your life and your profession.”

Create your own patterns with Flat Pattern skills



Fashi1101 Flat Pattern I – 3 credits  Learn to create patterns by the flat pattern method.  Change darts into ease and manipulate measurements to create your original ready to sew designs.  Students should have a strong background in sewing and/or be enrolled in Fashi 1155 or 1156 Clothing Construction I or II.  Contact Sharon Scalise if you need a course permit,

Classes are being held as a 16 week course on Tuesday and Thursday 6:00PM – 8:50PM starting January 16th.

Fashi1102 Flat Pattern II – 3 credits.  Continue and improve your flat pattern skills, creating jackets, pants and additional design.  Original garments will be showcased in Dazzle,  the Fashion Department’s Fashion Show in April.   Students should have a strong background in sewing/ have completed or be enrolled in Fashi 1156 Clothing Construction II.  Contact Sharon Scalise if you need a course permit 

Classes meet for 16 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons:  1:00PM – 4:50PM starting January 16th.bodicedraft

Learn to Sew or Polish existing skills at College of DuPage…..classes start soon



Fashi 1155 Clothing Construction I and Fashi 1156 Clothing Construction II – 3 credits each.  Learn to sew or advance your sewing skills by creating garments with different closures, necklines, sleeves, waistlines and hem.  Clothing Construction II covers advanced closures and sewing techniques for jacket and pant construction. It is strongly recommended that a student have a sewing machine at home. Classes are held as a 16 week course on Monday and Wednesday 06:00PM – 08:50PM, or a 12 week course on Saturday 09:00AM – 02:50PM.

Haute Couture Club of Chicago


Join today!

Because the activities are stimulating and motivating, because you want to become more skillful and knowledgeable about tailoring, garment design and construction, because of your passion for fashion — and just for the fun of it!
Benefits include:

  • Monthly Programs
  • Annual Fashion Show
  • Sewing Challenges
  • Newsletter
  • 10% discount on non-sale purchases at Vogue Fabrics
  • Access to the Illinois Institute of Art library

Membership dues are $20 a year. Meeting site is the Holiday Inn at the Apparel Center, 350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago, IL. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Haute Couture Club of Chicago, NFP. We also accept PayPal. Please include the following information:
City, State, Zip
Phone number

E-mail address
Birthday (month and day)

Send your check or money order to: Maria Curciarello,  435 W Erie St, #1502,
Chicago, IL 60654;

Use your PayPal Account — Haute Couture Club of Chicago 1-year Membership Dues, $20


Congratulations Valeria Baker!


Misova VB
Our own Valeria Baker has won multiple fashion design awards including:

Next Fashion Chicago’s Third Place Winner

Chicago Fashion Week on October 16th!



Chicago Fashion Foundation 2013 and 2014

We are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

Follow her on Misova VB on facebook!