Lasell Fashion Students Win IIDA Competition for Second Year
October 31, 2011
For the second year in a row, Lasell fashion students won first place in the "schools" category at the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) 2011 Fashion Show and Benefit Gala at the Westin Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.
The event, held on October 13, challenges local designers and interior design showrooms to compete in a fashion show using traditional materials from the interior design world to create unique designs.
Lasell's entries in the "schools" competition were sponsored by textile supplier Arc-Com and Boston-based furniture supplier McKearney Associates.
Proposed by Lasell students, the theme of the night was iconography. Lasell presented four different designs using the icon of Venus as inspiration. Drawing from "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli, the four designs were created from vinyls and woven textiles.
The Lasell team included four design students, Amanda Ericson, Brenna Fligg, Jennifer Judd, and Jacqueline Martini. Shawnda Shaffer, a fashion communication and promotion student, provided fashion merchandising assistance and Elisa Bronstein provided make up for the student models. As the winner of the category, Lasell beat four other design teams.
Fashion professors Anne Valley and Jill Carey, and Fashion Chair Lynn Blake served as advisors to the team.
"We went through a wonderful process. We then got into art, we recreated the painting," Blake said.
- Amanda Comeau