June 2016, Volume 20, Number 3

Making Their Mark

Birds of a Feather Design Together

A talented group of five Wolfson Campus interior design students recently won the Award for Best Construction at the International Interior Design Association Design Mix 2016 competition held at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Nineteen teams participated in the event, which matched industry members with design firms to incorporate non-fabric items and create wearable garments that were then unveiled in a fashion show. Non-industry judges evaluated the clothes and gave awards in various categories.

Students Luisa Castañeda, Marice Guerra, Sarah Sassen, Ernesto Cordero and Eugenia Alliegro worked together to construct an outfit using tape, mesh, an air conditioner filter and underlayment insulation.

The students have most of their classes together and consider each other friends as well as classmates. Everyone in the group contributed their own ideas and skills in creating the winning outfit that Sassen modeled in the fashion show.

In addition to their Award for Best Construction, the students received extra recognition for their outfit, an award for Best Use of Construction Materials. This was the first time in the history of the IIDA that the judging panel bestowed an extra prize on top of a team’s already impressive accomplishment.

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