Friday, March 19, 2010

Local Designer: Lara Miller

Today’s topic is the talented local designer Lara Miller. I chose to discuss this designer because she has brought something to the table that is like nothing of the past; and while I love the combination of old and new designs sometimes the new can open our eyes to the unknown.

Born and raised in Chicago, Lara Miller attended The School of the Art Institute (Chicago) where she got her undergraduate degree. While studying at the Art Institute she developed a passion for dance and creating movement in clothing. She gained recognition for the work she did as a student as well as created costumes for several of the dance companies in the area. By May of 2005 due to the high demand of her designs she decided to devote herself and her time entirely to the development of her women’s line.

In addition to dance and movement Lara’s designs are heavily influenced by the architecture and cultures of Chicago. Her designs serve as multi-functional pieces while remaining loyal to her eco- conscious beliefs (which I LOVE). Lara Miller has participated in several events that support her strong devotion to environmental awareness. To add to the modern style of Lara Miller her line is represented by The Four Hundred, New York’s first showroom dedicated only to sustainable design.

Lara Miller’s unique designs have been recognized all over the country. She has been awarded the Designer of The Year Award by Chicago Magazine and featured in several publications and television stations such as CBS, Wall Street Journal, Gen Art, WWD, Newsweek, and many more. As a local designer of Chicago I think that it is very admirable that she has contributed many ideas to the Fashion Council of Chicago such as establishing the Macy’s incubator program and creating the website

While exploring Lara's web site I have become especially fond of the Bobbie Dress, it looks like something you could wear during the day straight into the evening while still being very comfortable.

Check out the Bobbie Dress and the rest of her line here!

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