Project Windows, Chicago
SOME 45 RETAILERS on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and
Oak Street participated in this year’s PROJECT windows
WINDOW DESIGN CONTEST, sponsored by the Art Institute
of Chicago. Many of the participating retailers designed special windows inspired by
“Impressionism & Fashion,” the Art Institute
of Chicago’s summer exhibition showcasing
major figure paintings by Gustave Caillebotte,
Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet,
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Georges Seurat,
as well as costumes that illustrate the beginning of the modern fashion industry during the height of the Impressionist
era in Paris.
Awards were presented on July 24. Judges included:
JP Anderson, editor-in-chief, Michigan Avenue Magazine;
Dan Cornell, visual director, Ralph Lauren; Gloria Groom,
curator, Fashion & Impressionism, Art Institute Chicago; Galey
Hardiman, 555 International Inc.; Carson Caroline Hoerz,
SAIC; Carolina Jayaram, executive director, Chicago Artists
Coalition; Amy Meadows, Windows Matter; Andrea Morris,
Cocomori; Maria Pinto, fashion designer; Victor Skrebneski,
photographer, Skrebneski Inc.; and Ray Tareghian, visual
Marc Jacobs | BEST USE OF COLOR
The sunny yellow of honey shines in this
humorous window incorporating giant bees.
Saks Fifth Avenue | MOST GLAMOROUS
Frederick Gustavus Burnaby by James Tissot
inspired this composition with elegantly draped
mannequins and table.
of Switzerland |
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
In this deep window
based on The Circus Lover
by James Tissot, layers
of detail and objects add
dimensionality and charm.
Tiffany & Co. | BEST STORY OR THEME
Champagne glasses with cascading jewels and
golden light capture the feeling of the era.