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Interior Design Students Compete in IIDA Fashion Show

The NJIT and Manningham team strike a pose at the fourth annual IIDA Fashion Show

Hours of work by the members of the NJIT student chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) culminated with a successful showing at the fourth annual IIDA Fashion Show.

Fashion Meets Finish 2015: The Seven Deadly Sins was a 16-team competition and fundraiser for interior design education held June 25 at Kean University, which paired designers from schools and local architecture and design firms with product manufacturers, who provided materials used to create clothing expressive of a specific theme.

Using various materials from paint and furniture to carpet and flooring products, design teams became familiar with the various materials used in building and construction and exercised their creativity and craft as they competed for honors.

Recent graduate Amy Cahill, who was the president of the IIDA student chapter and currently works at VLDG, a design firm in Edgewater, led the NJIT team. Cahill worked alongside seniors Samantha Cato (who modeled the clothes), Aya Hafez and Maria Romo and juniors Elouie Gaspar, Chrysie Lozada, Stephanie Peralta, Dakshita Supawala and Alma Villalba.

College of Architecture and Design associate dean John Cays accompanied the group to the event, representing the School of Art + Design faculty and administration.

The NJIT interior designers teamed with carpet, tile and rubber flooring manufacturer Mannington Commercial, which was represented by Jenna Gathman and Nancy Eckmayer.

Consistent with the spirit of “making,” the students created components by cutting vinyl tile into 3/16” strips and weaving them together. Carpet fibers were handwoven and stitched on carpet backing for the dress, and pressed fiber backing was used to create a train. Demonstrating an acute understanding of the materials used and an ability to transform and adapt their purpose, the NJIT and Mannington team was selected for “Best Construction.”

The School of Art + Design was represented on other teams at the event as well. Former interior design student Nora Hamadé was a designer on the Gensler and Teknion team. And current interior design student, senior Chelsea Chamra, who has a summer internship with multidisciplinary design firm Ware Malcomb, was part of their team with Affordable Interior Systems, Inc. (AIS), which won the award for “Runway to Street Chic.”

Judges included HGTV stars Tyler Wiser and Vanessa Deleon, who was also a featured designer on Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” and Helen Castillo, season 12 “Project Runway” finalist and owner of Helen Castillo Design.

At the end of the show, the NJIT student chapter of IIDA received a contribution of $4,000 for its programs.