In April 2015 I was selected as a finalist in the Chicago Fashion Foundation’s 8th annual Future of Chicago Design Competition, and had the opportunity to showcase one of my designs in a runway show at the Chicago Cultural Center. Finalists were asked to create a look inspired by Chicago's historic Merchandise Mart. I drew my inspiration from the Merchandise Mart's logo of two interlocking "M's." My goal was to create a structured look that emanated power and confidence.

Photos: Sum Lau and Christopher Macsurak