Move over, Met Gala—Mead & Hunt does themed fashion!
Each year, the Texas-Oklahoma Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) holds a competition for design firms in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Teams must work together to create a wearable, aesthetically-pleasing garment made only from materials that an interior designer would use in a project. In the end, a fashion show showcasing all designs is held to support local IIDA charities.
This year, I brought the event to the attention of our Dallas Interior Design team who quickly jumped on board, aided and abetted by Chris Le and Sarah Lawley. This year’s theme was “A Royal Affair”—each team was randomly assigned building materials and a famous monarch. They then were tasked to create a garment representing that monarch using only the materials assigned.
The Mead & Hunt team was assigned Austrian queen Empress Maria Theresa. The material options were carpet and Corian—a hard material most often used for countertops. This competition definitely stretched the team’s creativity to the limit. “How can we build an 18th century-inspired royal Austrian gown made entirely of carpet and Corian in under a month?” is not a question one normally gets asked. But as you can see, the team completed the task beautifully—and they had a lot of fun doing it!
According to Kierra Tatum, “This event challenged us to think outside the box. Creativity and proper planning were critical aspects of this event. Overall, the experience was a great reminder that there is always a unique way to provide a design solution!”
The bodice of the dress was formed from a Corian solid surface and etched by a company in Houston, Texas. The skirt was made from hand-sewn carpet tiles, with a hula hoop serving to create the shape of the skirts worn in Maria Theresa’s time.
This event was an excellent opportunity for the Mead & Hunt team to hone team building skills and creativity, get more involved in the design world of Dallas/Fort Worth, and give back to the local community. Take a look at a few pictures from the Fashion Show (picturing our own Cassidy Compton in her debut as a fashion model)!
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