Fashion Meets Sustainability at 1st Annual Avant GARB show by IIDA

The International Interior Design Association hosted its 1st Annual Avant GARB Fashion Show as a benefit to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Teams presented a unique showcase of 17 different designs crafted out of commercial interior materials. Designs ranged from beautiful gowns to retro flashbacks, covering a wide variety of styles.

Each team was instructed to choose an inspiration from nature to base their designs, and materials such as wood paneling, leather, metal, canvas, carpet, wall covering, vinyl flooring, chair parts and plastic bottles all made their debut on the runway at the fashion show. The hard work and creativity paid off in the competition portion of the evening, in which four teams were awarded for Sustainability, Innovation, Creativity and Best Student Design.

The Most Sustainable award was presented to Indiana Design Center’s Mitsch Design, sponsored by The Mohawk Group. Mitsch Design created a gown with a bodice constructed of planked vinyl flooring and plush yellow carpet, crowned with a feminine sweetheart neckline. The belt was embellished with teal, yellow and purple glass tile, flowing into a skirt constructed of carpet backing made of recycled bottles.

Team OfficeWorks, sponsored by Herman Miller, won the Most Innovative award for a gown using a discarded Aeron Chair back that was repurposed for the use of the gown. The Most Creative award went to Team bohemedesign, sponsored by DesignTex. The design utilized natural materials including wood, leather and feathers, as well as wallcovering, recycled polyester and yarns made from used soda and water bottles. Finally, the Best Student Design award was given to Team The Art Institute of Indianapolis, sponsored by MDC Wallcoverings. The team created a garment using a non-PVC line of wallcovering with a backing made from recycled bottles.

View the winning designs for the 1st Annual Avant GARB Fashion Show:

Mitsch Design is located at Indiana Design Center and proudly has their award winning dress on display.  Stop by to see the design for yourself.  Congrats, Mitsch Design!


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