Fashion icon Cynthia Rowley has deep roots in Chicago, where she first studied fashion design at the School of the Art Institute.
Last week, Rowley and her artist husband Bill Powers were honored with the 2012 SAIC Legend of Fashion Award at the school's annual student work showcase, The Walk 2012.
"As an alumna of SAIC this award has a very special meaning to me and Bill," Rowley said in a release about the event. "We both believe that a marriage between fashion and art is something to strive for in the 21st century, and we hope that future fashion and design students continue to draw inspiration from both the runway and the gallery."
In a show Thursday hosted by Paper magazine's Mickey Boardman, Rowley and Powers were honored, as were students in the SAIC fashion design program, whose work was showcased with a runway show.
Graduating senior Alex Ulichny was awarded the $25,000 2012 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship by Johnson Publishing Company head Linda Johnson Rice.
Check out photos from the high fashion event: