T minus three weeks for the couture competition event of the year - Product Runway. Presented by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the competition challenges interior designers, architects and artists to test their creativity and technical skills by transforming interior finish materials (such as upholstery, ceramic tile, and laminates) into runway-fashion. This theatrical show of haute couture at the State Theater May 3rd 2013, will be judged by a prestigious panel, that includes fashion icon Cheryl Tiegs, deemed “America’s First Supermodel”. Bialosky + Partners is not only a participant but also is a proud sponsor of this event which raises money for Harvest for Hunger!

This year's Product Runway will rock the State Theater here in Cleveland May 3rd. http://www.iidaohky.org


The Ohio/Kentucky Chapter has 16 competing teams, including a team from our office, who will compete in 5 categories: (1) Best in Show (2) Most Wearable (3) Haute Couture (4) Fit & Finish and (5) People’s Choice (one vote is $1).

Team and Inspiration:

Our team, Mandisa Gosa (Bialosky + Partners), Sandy Weigel (Bialosky + Partners), Hallie DelVillan (Bialosky + Partners), Raina Hooper (Ohio Desk), and Hannelore Berken (Independent Artist & Published Poet), are constructing a dress inspired by both the State Theater (which once-upon-a-time, was a vaudeville/movie house filled with magic) and the fantastical wonderland of Alice. We followed the rabbit hole to a time and place where the two theatrical motifs overlapped. This garment, Through the Looking Glass, boldly explores the melding of Alice in a whole new world. We're in the process of constructing the dress over the next few weeks so- fellow BPAers, you can ask a team member for a sneak peek! Jewelry crafted from translucent resin samples are created by the talented Erica Hoosic.

Materials: Choosing a palette of blacks, charcoals, and blues, our materials from Steelcase products are rich in texture and variety. The base of this dress is composed of 850+ hand-cut circles folded into rosettes.

Event Details:

When: May 3rd, 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Where: State Theater: 1519 Euclid Ave. Cleveland 44115

Tickets: Special discounts for students and IIDA Members. http://clevakproductrunway2013tickets.eventbrite.com/