VCave Completes IIDA Georgia Chapter’s Dressed Competition
The IIDA Georgia Chapter’s Dressed is one of the largest annual events that pairs Atlanta’s elite interior designers and architects with the A&D industry’s manufacturers to create unique garments out of non-traditional materials for a runway extravaganza. Small teams of two to five designers are challenged to create a one-of-a-kind outfit made almost entirely from their sponsoring manufacturer’s products.
This year VCave, A NELSON Company, Interior Designers, Keeton Craig, Kelsey Hunter, Sam Kosek, Karen Gourley, and Rachel Copeland joined forces with CWC, an office furnishings company, MDC, a trusted source of commercial wall designs and coatings, and Ceramic Technics Ltd., a tile and stone retailer, to create a garment that represented the revival of the ancient acrobat.
We recently sat down with the team to discuss their involvement.
Question: Thanks for catching up with us! Can you tell us about how you became involved in this competition?
Answer: There was an announcement made at our Monday morning staff meeting about the competition this year and that the theme was going to be “Under the Big Top.” A couple of us thought it would be fun and decided to form a team. We sent an email out to the office and got a few more takers. Whitney was our model last year and did an awesome job so we knew we wanted her to model for us again this year.
Question: What was the inspiration behind your theme?
Answer: We chose a circus acrobat as our inspiration this year. We did some research on the history of acrobatics and discovered that it originated in Egypt. This was the driving force behind our theme “The Revival of the Acrobat.” Our design was a combination of a stereotypical circus acrobat with some Egyptian flair.
Question: How long did it take you to finish your creation?
Answer: Our garment took about four and a half months to create. We met twice a week after work and on the weekends for a few hours at a time to make sure we were prepared and didn’t have any last minute complications.
Question: Were there any challenges along the way?
Answer: I think the most challenging part was creating the “tail piece” of the garment. We knew what we wanted it to look like and it was easy to sketch on paper, creating it however, using only the materials from our sponsors was a whole different story. Luckily one of our sponsors was a furniture vendor and we were able to intertwine wire through metal strapping to give each piece the stability it needed to stay up.
Question: Did you find that your interior design background helped or hurt you when it came to designing fashion?
Answer: I think it definitely helped us. Our garment had to consist of 60% of our sponsors’ materials so it helped in knowing the product lines and knowing what we wanted to use to achieve the look we were going for. I also think it helped us to actually sit down and think things through. We were able to not only draw what we wanted on paper but actually construct it in real life.
Question: Any fun stories you can share with us?
Answer: I think the most fun we had was the night of the event seeing the piece come together and Whitney rocking it on stage.
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