By: BAC's Interior Architecture Collaborative (IAC)
For the past five years, the BAC has entered the International Interior Design Association New England Chapter’s (IIDANE) Fashion Show. The IIDANE Fashion Show is an incredible event where firms and schools get sponsored by industry vendors and create costumes out of their vendor’s material. This year our three vendors were The Romo Group, AIS and Legrand; so we had everything from fabric, lighting and desk plastic laminates to work with.
“I joined the team on the first Friday of October, 2015. As a new-comer, of course, I had the beginner's nerves syndrome. But the team effortlessly swept me with its tide. The designs for the costumes had been finalized by then and the theme was explained to me. From that moment onward, every work session I attended, was lively, fast-paced, embued with creativity and adventurous in terms of creative experimentation. At first, I was skeptical of the materials they planned to integrate into the costumes, but slowly, skepticism melted and morphed into genuine interest and excitement as the entire team began to construct the structural framework for the costumes.
From scaling own materials to fit the budget, finding a place for us to work outside college, spontaneously making changes to designs to make the costumes look better, to moving heaven and earth to procure tickets for all of us to attend the Fashion Show, this team did not bat their collective eyelids and took every challenge in its stride and left me with a feeling of awe.
While we did not take home with us any awards, I look into my heart and cannot find a single drop of regret. Perhaps it is because I met these people, laughed with them, came to know them, confided in them, understood them, worked with them and hoped with them. All I can say at the end of this lovely and precious experience is that if one can show me a team as respectful yet playful, loving yet disciplined, loud yet elegant, quirky yet welcoming, happy yet realistic, filled with laughter yet united through different hardships, fun-loving yet hard-working, carefree yet committed and beautifully balanced with each and everyone's own unique brand of love, I will show that person and exquisitely formed black pearl...For both exquisite teams and black pearls, while not impossible to come by, are very rare. I not only found one but also was lucky to have been a part of it. Thank you, all of you, and thank you STA.
Lots of love,
Thank you to our vendors, the BAC, STA, and IIDA, but most importantly thank you to our absolutely incredible team. Until next year!
- IAC Leaders, Hannah Smith, Maria Martinez Romo and Soramy Le