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Carol (Gerhardt) Hermann-Horschke, June 1944

Carol Horschke (Jun 44)At Taft, Carol participated in the Pan-American Club, GAA, Honor Society, and Junior and Senior Girls Clubs. A merchandising major at William Woods University, she spent two years on the Carson Pirie Scott College Board.  At age 23, she was a fashion director for Carson, Pirie Scott & Co., the youngest in Chicago.

She introduced Halston's first collection in Chicago, and the first out-of-store Luncheon Fashion Show at the Palmer House Empire Room. She created a fashion clinic for the store, developed "White Gloves and Party Manners" for children and introduced rear projections and movies to fashion shows.

Carol has been a member of the Fashion Group International of Chicago, Inc. Civic leadership has included the University of Chicago Cancer Foundation Woman's Board, the Good Shepherd Hospital Auxiliary, and the Board of Governors for Chicago’s Sarah Siddons Society which presents an award for achievement in theatre in Chicago and presents scholarships to theater students.