MILLER TO BE FETED: Nicole Miller will receive the 2013 Spirit of Design Award at the Philadelphia University Fashion Show on April 27 at 6 p.m. The event takes place at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.

“She is an inspiration and role model for our students, who are the next generation of fashion designers, and we look forward to honoring her at the 2013 Fashion Show,” said Clara Henry, director of the University’s Fashion Design Program.

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Miller began her company with Bud Konheim in 1982. The two have remained business partners, and Konheim will receive a Leader of Innovation Medal as part of the Evening of Innovation program. Their company has successfully expanded from apparel to wedding collections, home furnishings, fragrances, lingerie, swimwear, handbags and other lifestyle items. Miller also has collaborations with J.C. Penney and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The Spirit of Design Award is presented annually at the Philadelphia University Fashion Show. Previous winners have included Tommy Hilfiger, John Varvatos, Francisco Costa, Mary McFadden, William Calvert and Jay McCarroll. The fashion show, which is part of The Verizon Philadelphia University Evening of Innovation, is an annual event that showcases the student designs.