Who We Are

Fashion Matters Chicago is an educational initiative to study the relationship between culture and fashion, to provide a forum for lectures and seminars on the subject, and to promote fashion enterprises that support the dignity of the human person.

By working with industry leaders, such as image consultants, cosmetics professionals, professors, stylists, fashion designers, and buyers, Fashion Matters Chicago focuses on communicating character and beauty through personal appearance and style. We want every woman to have a profound knowledge and humble pride for the innate dignity she possess, and, in turn, to use that knowledge to make thoughtful style choices. We believe in providing big picture reasoning and practical, day-to-day tips in order to allow each woman to easily turn the theoretical into practical wardrobe solutions.


Fashion Matters Chicago Committee

Heide Kenny, President, Steering Committee Member

Heide, our classically-styled committee member, is the President of Chambers Gasket & Manufacturing Co. In addition to running a certified woman-owned business, Heide is the volunteer chair of Mary’s Closet, a Catholic Charities program that provides professional clothing to women and men in search of work.

Cinthya Castro, Steering Committee Member

Cinthya, our professional fashionista, is a certified personal image strategist and beauty expert. She is the owner of Image & Style Studio as well as Eco Beauty Concepts, a beauty products distribution company. She has lived and worked in the fashion industry around the world, including in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Dallas, New York and now Chicago.

Fashion Matters Chicago Social Media Team

Social Media Committee

Our team is made up of three young professional millenials.

  • The Blonde: Katy Rose is the locally-based fashion and lifestyle blogger of ModlyChic.com.
  • The Brunette: Sabrina Jerina is a Senior Associate, Partnership Marketing for Discover.
  • The Redhead: Carolyn Madigan is the Program Director at Midtown Educational Foundation.

Mary Pat Fahy, Treasurer

Mary Pat, our home stylista, is an interior designer. She has worked in the home fashion industry as both an assistant buyer and store manager.

Patti Lechner, Secretary

Patti, our resident seamstress, is an elected official for Northfield Township, serving as clerk of Northbrook, Northfield and Glenview.