Patriotism and American Pride will take to the runway when the 5th Annual Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design Event returns to Artisphere on Thursday, September 18th. The popular event where interior and exterior collide is produced by theWashington Metro City Center (WMCC) of the International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (IIDA-MAC).
Cosmo Couture 2014 fosters a direct collaboration between local Architecture and Interior Design firms and their manufacturing partners in the Washington DC area, to create garments reflecting a given theme. Imagine garments made out of interior materials such as tile, carpet, wood, vinyl, glass and rubber – materials used in the built environment and finding ways to apply them to haute couture fashion, creating a bridge between fashion and architecture.
The garments are judged by a talented panel of DC and design industry notables (to be announced soon) during a runway show with awards given to design teams in different categories. Twenty-five design teams will participate in this year’s event.
Each year WMCC selects the theme from which the design teams create creations out of interior materials. This year Cosmo Couture pays tribute to the image that most embodies Washington, D.C. — the President of the United States. Nothing exemplifies Washington, D.C. more than its chief resident.
Washington, D.C., however, was not the first residence of the President. In April 1789, following his inauguration as the first President of the United States, George Washington occupied two executive mansions in New York City. In 1790, Congress enacted the Residence Act which officially established Washington, D.C. as the permanent seat of government for the United States and accordingly, as the new residence of the President. In that same year, the capital moved temporarily to Philadelphia where the President resided for 10 years while the new “Federal City” was under construction. On November 1, 1800, President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House. Since then, Washington, D.C. has been the residence of every U.S. President.
Each design team randomly selected one of the 44 U.S. Presidents at the Cosmo Couture 2014 kick-off party held in May. The design of each haute couture garment will be inspired by the period in which that President served. Design teams are currently exploring the political status during those years, social issues, fashion trends or even global events that marked each era.
For the fifth consecutive year, the beneficiary for the event is My Sister’s Place – DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter providing comprehensive programs and services that holistically address domestic violence and the unique challenges survivors face.
Cosmo Couture attracts approximately 800 attendees each year.
What: Cosmo Couture 2014 – Fashion & Interior Design Event (5th Annual)
Presented by: Washington Metro City Center of the International Interior Design Association – Mid Atlantic Chapter
Beneficiary: My Sister’s Place
When: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
VIP Reception 5:00-6:00PM, Cocktails 6:00-7:30PM, Runway Show 7:30-9:00PM, Desserts 9:00-10:00PM
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