5th Annual Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design Event

5th Annual Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design Event

Cosmo Couture at Artisphere

During last year’s Cosmo Couture

Show your love for ‘Merica! Patriotism and American Pride will take to the runway when the 5th Annual Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design Event returns to Artisphere on Thursday, September 18th. The popular event where interior and exterior collide is produced by the Washington Metro City Center (WMCC) of the International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (IIDA-MAC). Allison Starling and Steve Rudin from ABC7/WJLA-TV will co-emcee the event.

This is a cool event where you are surrounded by imagination and execution. There are no boundaries nor limits. Attending Cosmo Couture as a non-creative type (me) is like diving into a smorgasbord of ingenuity and inventiveness. One (me) might continue to think, “Wow, how did they come up with THAT? And why did I miss that gene?”

Cosmo Couture at Artisphere

a model wearing designs during 2013’s Cosmo Couture when the inspiration was the National Zoo

Cosmo Couture 2014 fosters a direct collaboration between local Architecture and Interior Design firms and their manufacturing partners in the Washington DC area, to create garments reflecting a given theme. Imagine garments made out of interior materials such as tile, carpet, wood, vinyl, glass and rubber – materials used in the built environment and finding ways to apply them to haute couture fashion, creating a bridge between fashion and architecture.

A talented panel of DC and fashion/design notables will judge the garments. This year’s judges include Mike McCarthy (Editor of DC Magazine), Elaine Mensah (Founder of Creative + Strategic Fashion Firm SVELTE, LLC), Tashia Senn (Fashion Designer), James Cornwell (Celebrity Stylist – Cornwell Styling) and Jennifer Sergent (Creator of DC by Design Blog). Twenty-five design teams will participate in this year’s event. Awards will be given in various categories such as Most Creative, Audience Favorite, Best Performance and Best Interpretation of Theme.

Cosmo Couture at Artisphere

a model wearing designs during 2013’s Cosmo Couture when the inspiration was the National Zoo

Each year WMCC selects the theme from which design teams create elaborate works of wearable art out of interior materials. This year Cosmo Couture pays tribute to the image that most embodies Washington, D.C. — the President of the United States. Nothing exemplifies Washington, D.C. more than its chief resident.

Washington, D.C., however, was not the first residence of the President. In April 1789, following his inauguration as the first President of the United States, George Washington occupied two executive mansions in New York City. In 1790, Congress enacted the Residence Act which officially established Washington, D.C. as the permanent seat of government for the United States and accordingly, as the new residence of the President. In that same year, the capital moved temporarily to Philadelphia where the President resided for 10 years while the new “Federal City” was under construction. On November 1, 1800, President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House. Since then, Washington, D.C. has been the residence of every U.S. President.

Each design team randomly selected one of the 44 U.S. Presidents at the Cosmo Couture 2014 kick-off party held in May. The design of each haute couture garment will be inspired by the period in which that President served. Design teams are currently exploring the political status during those years, social issues, fashion trends or even global events that marked each era.

For the fifth consecutive year, the beneficiary for the event is My Sister’s Place – DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter providing comprehensive programs and services that holistically address domestic violence and the unique challenges survivors face.

Cosmo Couture attracts approximately 800 attendees each year. Event tickets range from $80-180 and are available online at www.cosmocouture.org.

Artisphere | 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA | 5:00-10:00PM
VIP Reception 5:00-6:00PM, Cocktails 6:00-7:30PM, Runway Show 7:30-9:00PM, Desserts 9:00-10:00PM

About Pamela Sorensen:
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.
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