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Industrial Fashion Show

Bubble wrap dresses and nails as necklaces? Inside an industrial fashion show

I recently went to a runway fashion show at the Grand Ballroom in the Prado at Balboa Park hosted by the International Interior Design Association--the theme was “Haute Couture.” It was explained to me that local San Diego design and architecture firms would be using industrial materials to make clothing for the show…I was intrigued. 

It did not disappoint. Using tiles, carpet, wood, steel, and bubble wrap, talented designers created dresses that were total showstoppers.
From the make-up to the hair, it was one of the most amazing uses of materials I’ve ever seen. Who thinks of making a dress with paper and bubble-wrap train? Or a dress decorated entirely of bathroom tiles. What about a mini made from industrial carpet? Or a necklace made from nails?

At one point I found myself wondering where could I buy one of these amazing dresses. That’s how wearable they seemed even made from paint chips and carpet tacks. The best part was that the money raised is donated to Dress for Success, a national non-profit that helps disadvantaged women get into the work force by supplying them with professional clothes, a network of support and tools they need to get and keep a job. The event was fun and benefits a great cause. The pictures say it all.


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