Cosmo Couture: Fashion Meets Int. Design

I don’t normally (or ever?) blog about fashion, but when the costumes are designed by interior designers using home goods products, it falls into my reach. I’ve been seeing a lot of great stuff coming out of the Corcoran recently, and this is no exception: in a partnership with the International Interior Design Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter, they are displaying 21 garments in an exhibit called Cosmo Couture through Oct. 14.

Each dress was inspired by Raymond Saunders’ Red Star, a contemporary work at the Corcoran Gallery:


Designers approached manufacturers as partners to source the goods to build their garment. The materials in these “clothes” include carpet tiles, stone mosaic, wood veneer, commercial furniture fabric, carpet backing, and sheet-cut glass(!).

Here’s a taste of what’s on display—the photographs were shot by R. Scott Kelly at a fashion show at Arlington’s Artisphere on Sept. 20.

The outfit in the foreground is from IA Interior Architects using material from Architectural Ceramics.



Focus Architecture + Design, with EcoSurfaces rubber shapes


A detail of the dress—amazing.


Hickok Cole Architects with Bacon (wood) Veneer, so cool


DBI Architects with National Wallcovering


Akseizer Design Group with Mannington Commercial


The back of this Akseizer design is soo cool/ love the braiding!

All the fashions are currently at the Corcoran — catch them before they are gone! Here is the main Cosmo site, with all the info on the design teams and the materials that were used in the dresses.



  1. I do blog about fashion, this is just terrific. Thanks for sharing!