The World Chess Hall of Fame and the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator want to see the grand masters of the game dressed in grand style.
It’s a sport typically associated with head-scratching brooding intellectuals in discrete suits and ties, rather than fashion flair. Nevertheless, the six emerging designers participating in the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator have been paired with six chess grand masters to create two chess-inspired garments — a uniform piece and one whimsical piece.
The winning design of the contest, called Pinned! A Designer Chess Challenge, will be revealed Aug. 1 at the Windows on Washington event space in Saint Louis’ garment district during the opening ceremonies for the Sinquefield Cup international chess tournament at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. It will also be exhibited starting Oct. 5 at the World Chess Hall of Fame. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Chess grand master Maurice Ashley is on board with the idea. “The creative aspect of this project makes it fun, but the practicality and functionality of the designs will be crucial.”
Designer Audra Danielle Noyes of the firm Audra is paired with Ashley. “My design focuses on fusing classic luxury men’s wear fabrics with athletic
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