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Check out runway looks created by top architecture and design firms for the May 3 Product Runway event at Showbox SoDo.
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The team from Callison teamed up with the wall-covering specialists at Tri-Kes to create these origami-like metallic mini dresses.
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We caught them outside the show, too. Don't miss the spaceship ankle platforms; best footwear of the night.
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Architects are engineers; a lot of them want their clothes to do stuff. The team from Perkins + Will, teamed with Maslan Carpets and Rugs, made a fuzzy pod that hatched a full-length split skirt gown.
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Detail of the Perkins + Will look; my fellow jury members and I went over each of the garments the day before the show so that no detail—like this industrial sewing machine needle necklace—would be overlooked.
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The creature imagined by the Freiheit and Ho team, who partnered with Patcraft (another floor covering manufacturer), perfectly fit the show's theme, surrealism.
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A shot of the Freiheit and Ho look outside before the runway.
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See what I mean about theatrics and drama? The Freiheit and Ho makeup direction was stunning.
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LMN was paired with Pental, a tile company. The cape was made with a fabric-like membrane that goes under tile; the gorgeous Joan of Arc-like suit inside was constructed with something like 4,000 hand shaped scale-like mini-tiles.
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Again, the makeup was fantastic.
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During our prejudging rounds we were able to learn more about how each team used the materials available to them. LMN really took a couture angle on their garment, and it earned them the top prize.
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The glass vertebrae spine clinched it.
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This look, by Interior Architects and Teknion/OM Workspace (who make office furniture), felt like something out of Blade Runner or The Matrix.
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The theatrical element was coaxed by the team's model, too.
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Come to think of it, it's a little Edward Scissorhands, too.
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The JPC team was allied with KI, an office furnishings company. They created a pod-like cape ...
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That revealed a sort of Venus flytrap dress.
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Designers at IIDA and the textile gurus at Knoll/Spinnybeck sent out a Pantone-esque Spanish-feeling ballgown that created all sorts of movement on the runway.
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A look at that gown outside the venue before the show.
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Any clothing designer will tell you that menswear is master's art. The architects and designers at ASID and Interface took industrial membrane—which, in my investigations, did not look like a forgiving fabric—and managed to create an extremely well-fitting, and sexy, menswear look.
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MulvannyG2 teamed with United Tile for this study of electricity, fire, light, and water.
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A look at the process that shaped the design.
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This gown by Weber Thompson and Bank & Office Interiors was a gauzy dream.
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Zero Landfill isn't an architecture firm per se; from their website, "Zero Landfill enriches the community while providing a solution to what is considered waste. Interior designers and architects have expired specification samples. Artists and educators have material needs for artwork and classroom projects.
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I absolutely loved this view of Gensler and Haworth Office Furniture's 3-D woodland frock.
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And from the front.
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Okay, so. Want to know who took Second and Third places?
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Second place was given to Perkins + Will and Maslan Carpets and Rugs.
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Third place went to Freiheit and Ho and their industry partner.
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The winning team.
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And the winning crowd.
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