Cosmo Couture Gowns Made with Interior Design Materials, Presidential Ambitions

For the 5th year, DC area design teams put down their industrial tools and picked up their sewing machines — all in good fun and for a good cause — for the annual Cosmo Couture fashion show Thursday night.  Put on by International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic 20140918_204303Chapter, the event returned to the Artisphere this year… with fashion inspired by American Presidents!

The evening’s winner!

At this popular event, where interior and exterior collide in a runway show that is as interesting as it is inspiring, judges, to include Mike McCarthy (Editor, DC Magazine), Elaine Mensah (Founder, SVELTE, LLC), Tashia Senn (Fashion Designer), James Cornwell (Stylist, Cornwell Styling) and Jennifer Sergent (Creator, DC by Design), reviewed the work of twenty-five design teams who had created wearable fashions made of such materials as tile, cork flooring and electric lights.

While accolades go to the winning team, funds raised go to My Sister’s Place — DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter.

The 800 person crowd favorite went to a 50 pound yarn ball gown created by WDG Interior Architectures (at left). The model — working her President Harrison inspired outfit — was also a winner not only for the wardrobe, but also for bringing alive an outfit that drew from the President’s scandalous past!