Extremely rare pieces from one of the world’s largest private collections of the late British designer ALEXANDER McQUEEN’s work are among those to be showcased in an upcoming exhibition at the WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAMEA Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess, which opens Oct. 19, is produced by an international team of thought-leaders, curators, fashion insiders and chess players. The exhibit will chronicle how storytelling, as well as various archetypes of the queen, have inspired fashion. In addition to McQueen’s work, garments by SANDRA BACKLUNDHUSSEIN CHALAYANGUCCIIRIS VAN HERPENPAM HOGGVIKTOR + ROLF, and others also will be on display.

LN’s 2013 CHARITY AWARDS is less than a month away, and we’d love to hear from you about your favorite organizations. This year, in addition to selecting five Charity Awards winners, we also will recognize four ‘fan favorites’ in the following categories: Most Creative Charity Fundraiser, Volunteer of the Year, Most Influential Youth Organization and Philanthropic Business of the Year. Do you have one in mind? Let your voice be heard! Vote now on laduenews.com.

FOOD OUTREACH (a 2012 Charity Award winner) has new artwork adorning its walls: TOKY Branding + Design created a massive ‘fork wall’ in honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary, highlighting the 5 million meals served to more than 12,000 clients over the years. It took approximately two weeks to assemble the wall, which was unveiled during the recent ‘A Tasteful Affair’ event at the Four Seasons. The artwork now hangs in the community room at Food Outreach’s Midtown headquarters.

Kudos to two Clayton H.S. students who are getting their share of the spotlight: Sophomore KATIE WARNUSZ-STECKEL has been named a semi-finalist in a national Shakespeare competition. Katie performed a Shakespearian monologue and sonnet onstage at Lincoln Center for the 30th annual English-Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition, a school-based program that helps students develop their speaking and critical-thinking skills.

Meanwhile, a watercolor painting by senior REGINE ROSAS has been selected for an upcoming art resource book. Regine’s painting, Chemistry, was spotted by author Helen Hume while it was on display at the Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild this spring. Calling it “a lovely example,” Hume will use Regine’s painting as an illustration for her book to be published later this year.

Congratulations to three Washington University faculty members, who are among the newest members of the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. They are STEPHEN BEVERLEY, the Marvin A. Brennecke Professor of Molecular Microbiology and molecular microbiology department chair in the School of Medicine; ROBERT SCHREIBER, Alumni Endowed Professor of Pathology and Immunology and professor of molecular biology; and JOAN STRASSMANN, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an American scientist or engineer.

It was quite the Mother’s Day celebration at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO, which is in the midst of a baby boom. We’ve told you about baby elephant Priya…Now, there’s word of more babies, including a new male Bactrian camel named Stan; two male baby Speke’s gazelles, Fragilistic and Teller; a female lowland nyala named Sunny; a male mountain bongo named Djembe; and Cruze, a male banteng. Must be something in the water…