The designs going down the runway at the annual fashion show of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) of New England aren’t your typical silk, satin, or chiffon clothing creations. The IIDA challenges participants to use materials more commonly used to construct a runway than to walk down one.

Each team is charged with the unique task of creating clothing designs from materials usually found in interior architecture projects. Armed with fabric provided by an upholstery company, a team of our Interior Design & Architecture students designed three outfits and came home with the “Best School Entry” prize from the 2014 show.

This is the third year in a row that a team of Suffolk Art & Design students has won this category. They won with Wizard of Oz-inspired designs in the 2012 competition.

The theme of this year’s show was “Adaptation: How Will You Respond?” and the Suffolk team answered with reptile-themed designs. They created three looks--chameleon, turtle, and snake—using only the upholstery fabric provided.

“The judges liked our concept and appreciated the level of detail and construction in the pieces,” said Nancy Hackett, who supervised the design team and is the co-director of Suffolk’s Interior Design & Architecture program with Karen Clarke. Hackett has worked with Suffolk's IIDA teams for over ten years.

The team was made up of both undergraduate and graduate students and included Moniqua Williams, Nicole Dorsey, Swathi de Faria, Raquel Spinazola, and Natalia Villanova Mitre, along with student models Kim Boutwell, Renee Nassar, and Stephany Arizabaleta (pictured).