Project Runway met Interior Design September 26 at the 4th-annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia’s Dressed competition, proving that couture fashion collections aren’t the only stylings deserving of a catwalk.
Pairing Atlanta’s most talented interior designers with leading contract material manufacturers, the event challenged 20 design teams to create a runway-ready, fashionable garment made almost entirely of high design, interiors finish materials, including decorative laminates, wall coverings, floor and wall tile, carpet, vinyl, rubber base, contract furniture, paint and more.
Established to promote the creativity of the interior design community, the Dressed event has become the IIDA Georgia Chapter’s largest annual happening, drawing over 500 attendees. Appropriately, the event is an important fundraiser benefiting Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and career advice to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.
This year’s theme, Dressed in Seasons: thru World-Changing Events, gave the design teams a meaningful and exciting design challenge.
“The theme created a whole new layer of understanding by reminding us how we are all connected by history, as well as design,” says Tiffany Chen, one of the team members of ASD, the multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Tampa, Jacksonville, Birmingham and South Florida.
ASD paired with event sponsor Lamin-Art, a North American design leader in architectural surfaces, including decorative laminate, real wood veneers and metal collections, along with other sponsors to create a striking World War II fighter plane-themed couture gown and structured bomber jacket combination that went on to win the Best in Spring award.
Other Seasonal winners included idea|span (Best in Winter), WB Interiors (Best in Summer), Perkins + Will (Best in Fall) and Harris + Smith (Best in Show). Winners were selected by a panel of five distinguished designers based on criteria, including creativity, craftsmanship, detailing within the garment, use of materials and wearability.
Tara Harris, Georgia architectural representative for Lamin-Art and IIDA Georgia’s industry representative, said the show was a huge success. “The idea for the competition’s theme started last summer,” she says. “Having witnessed the evolution of each team’s design concepts from gorgeous sketches to vogue creations, it was great to see their creative ideas emerge as fashions being worn on the runway.”
For more information, visit www.iidageorgia.com.
ASD’s Best in Spring garment constructed with materials including Lamin-Art’s Metal-Art Brushed Bronze #622 for the corset, and Lamin-Art pre-finished, real wood veneers as structural support for the coat shoulders and hat. A special thanks to the team for their hard work and stunning designs. Photography: David Smith, ASD Inc.
Sketches: Josye Utick, ASD Inc., Tiffany Chen, Sky Design, and Katie Bruckner, ASD Inc.
Lamin-Art, Baker Audio, HITT Contracting, Interface, Knoll/Corporate Environments, Hansgrohe, Catamount Constructors, DeKalb Office, idea|span, Collins Cooper Carusi, Centiva, Tandus, Daltile, Shaw, Price Performance Company, Mannington, 3form, West Cobb Dance Explosion, Johnsonite, Global, Kimball Office, Crossville, J&J Flooring, JSE Design Group, Smith Carter, 3M, Lutron, Office Creations, Allseating, Turnerboone, Architectural Ceramics, Milliken, OFS Brands, Ceramic Technics, Illuminations, JANUS Et Cie.
DRESSED 2013 AWARDS:
The Judges’ Choice Award:
Winter | Creation of the Printing Press | SRSS
Best Interpretation of Event:
Fall | Fall of the Berlin Wall | Heery International
Most Creative Use of Materials:
Spring | Electricity | Interior Architects
Summer | September 11th | Casablanca Design Group
Best Accessory Package:
Fall | Stock Market Crash | Smith Carter
Best in Winter:
DNA Discovery | idea|span
Best in Spring:
World War II | ASD
Best in Summer:
Women’s Rights | WB Interiors
Best in Fall:
Reformation | Perkins + Will
Best in Show:
Spring | Go Green | Harris + Smith