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Imagine a dress made out of wood veneer, a fabulous frock made out of carpeting materials, or a suit made out of wall coverings. These are just some creations that will be hitting the runway for a good cause on September 20 at the Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design show at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Virginia, across the bridge from Washington, DC.

The event benefits My Sister’s Place, DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter. The organization provides comprehensive programs and services to holistically address domestic violence and the unique challenges survivors face. For the past two years, the Cosmo Couture event has generated more than $40,000 for My Sister’s Place.

More than 21 teams will compete from local architecture, interior design firms, and manufacturing partners. They’ll create garments reflecting a given theme, then have their garments judged by a panel at a runway show.

This year, host Washington Metro City Center of the International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (IIDA-MAC) has partnered with the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Together, they chose a painting in the Corcoran’s Contemporary Gallery — titled “Red Star” by Raymond Saunders (1970) – as the event’s theme. The artwork combines Saunders’ expressionistically worked surfaces with pop art of the sixties. Its random, yet structured composition includes powerful fields of vibrant color, calligraphy marks, stenciled numbers, and a red star with an ampersand at its heart (painting link:

The Corcoran Gallery of Art will also assemble all of this year’s garments into an exhibit to open on Sept. 26.  Plus, the Corcoran’s Graduate Interior Design program will form the first-ever student team to participate in Cosmo Couture.

Last year’s event attracted more than 800 attendees — it’s sold out for the past two years – so snag your tickets at if you’d like to attend.


When: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Time: 5:00-10:00PM

  • VIP Reception 5:00-6:00PM
  • Cocktails 6:00-7:30PM
  • Runway Show 7:30-9:00PM
  • Desserts 9:00-10:00PM



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