09 May 2013 | Sandy Weigel

Bialosky / Ohio Desk / Steelcase team wins “Haute Couture” Award at Product Runway!

It took two months of planning, sixteen different textiles, and countless hours of cutting and sewing circles, but the Bialosky + Partners / Ohio Desk team took home the award for ‘Haute Couture’ at the IIDA Cleveland Akron hosted Product Runway 2013!

Our team model, Hannelore Berken, is prepped by the Product Runway Make-up Team!
Team model, Hannelore Berken, is prepped by the Product Runway Make-up Team!
Hannah is ready to walk the runway!
Hannah is ready to walk the runway

Our team, consisting of Mandisa Gosa (Bialosky + Partners), Sandy Weigel (Bialosky + Partners), Hallie DelVillan (Bialosky + Partners), Raina Hooper (Ohio Desk), and model Hannelore Berken (Independent Artist & Published Poet) competed against 16 rival teams at Product Runway held at the State Theater on Friday night. Our team worked with manufacturer representatives Chrstine Drabicki (Steelcase) and Donna DeCarlo (Ohio Desk) – without their support none of this would have been possible! Bialosky + Partners was excited to participate in the competition and also be a red carpet sponsor at the event!

Tracy Sciano Vajskop and Savannah Farris Dugan on the Red Carpet at the IIDA Akron Cleveland 2013 Product Runway!
Tracy Sciano Vajskop and Savannah Farris Dugan on the Red Carpet at the IIDA Akron Cleveland 2013 Product Runway!
Team Fantastical Tea Party from L to R is: Mandisa Gosa (Bialosky + Partners), Sandy Weigel (Bialosky + Partners), Hannelore Berken (model), Hallie DelVillan (Bialosky + Partners), and Raina Hopper (Ohio Desk)

Our Final Design, was inspired by both the historic location of this year’s event and Alice in Wonderland, our primary objective was to create something theatrical and eye catching. We selected an array of textiles in blues, blacks, and grays from our sponsor, Steelcase. The bodice was made using a black and white striped panel fabric. Fifteen different fabrics were cut into circles, sewn into over 850+ rosettes, and attached in an ombre fashion to create our volumes base. We also had several accessories including a bow made of scrim and resin jewelry created by Erica Hoosic.

Team members from Bialosky + Partners, Steelcase, and Ohio Desk celebrating our big win!
Friends and team members from  Bialosky + Partners, Steelcase, and Ohio Desk

The other winners from this year’s event are:

Fit and Finish: Interface / Sherwin Williams
Best of Show: Mannington Commercial / Process Creative Studios
Most Wearable: Allermuir (Team 2)
Best Use of Materials: Wolf Gordon / Dimit Architects
People’s Choice: Interface / Sherwin Williams
Congratulations to all of the winners and teams! It was a fantastic show!

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