Last night was the IIDA Central Florida Stitched Fashion Show. Eleven architecture and design firms were paired with product manufacturers to create fashions based on Tim Burton movies. This event benefits “Donated Designs,” a non-profit organization in Tampa that provides furnishings and design services to families transitioning from homeless shelters.
BDG Architects’ Shelly Strange, Anita Shumaker, Teresita Muller-Karger and Liz Borecky designed and constructed the incredible dress and cape that our very own Khai Grubbs modeled on the runway as the “Martian Queen.”
This cosmic couture garment draws inspiration from the abundance of futuristic textures featured in Tim Burton’s movie Mars Attacks. The edgy yet sophisticated silhouette evokes the Martians’ structured armor with ribbed detail. The metallic finish and nailhead detail suggests the sleek surface of invading spaceships. The dramatic flowing cape transforms simple materials into complex geometric structures that form a repetitive, linear pattern.
For the origami cape, our design team used Wilsonart’s laminate in its raw paper form connected with edge banding. The dress was constructed with upholstery fabric from National Office Furniture using the ribbing from the manufacturer’s “Stitch-It” program along with upholstery tacks for the nailheads. No queen would be complete without her crown – ours was made from Wilsonart sheet metal.
Thank you to Wilsonart and National Office Furniture for providing the materials for our team and congratulations to everyone involved for making this event a huge success!