January 16, 2021

Dress for Chess: Audra Noyes Wins Design Contest

Designer Audra Danielle Noyes of the fashion firm Audra has won the “Pinned! Designer Chess Challenge” for creating a classic pin-striped blazer and a silk taffeta Swarovski crystal gown — specifically for a grand master.
Noyes was one of six emerging designers from the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator participating in the contest. They were paired with six chess grand masters to create two chess-inspired garments — a practical and comfortable “uniform” piece for tournament play, and a whimsical style that celebrated the sport.
Noyes said her blazer was designed for both men and women. “The sample produced was female, but my sketches in my presentation highlighted the easy adaptations for the male version,” she said.
Her gown was inspired by the diagonal movements of the bishop, the straight moves of the rook and “the elegance and fantasticalness” of the queen, Noyes explained.
Her winning chess “uniform” was chosen by a panel of judges including New York-based designer Timo Weiland, research chair of fashion at Parsons School of Design Dr. Hazel Clark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch fashion editor Debra Bass, chess grand master Eric Hansen, and Macy’s director of global forecasting Abbey Samet.
It was revealed last week at the Windows on Washington event space in St. Louis’

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