“I’m a Barbie Girl in a Barbie World. Wrapped in plastic, it’s fantatic…” Apologies to all for drawing up memories of the annoyingly catchy late-90s pop culture song (which is now once again stuck in my head), but I can’t think of a more fitting song that should have been playing on Oct. 28 when employees from office furniture manufacturer KI and textile manufacturer Pallas Textiles strutted down the runway at the IIDA New England Fashion Show. In tune with their original “Plastic to Fantastic" theme, a collaboration with Tandus Flooring and architectural firm Dyer Brown, the staffers donned fashions created from various Pallas and Tandus collections to take home the Best Interpretation of Theme award.
Over 800 design professionals attended the charity (R) Evolution event, which challenged teams of designers and vendors to turn specific products into wearable fashions. All proceeds were donated to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that aims to support the career development of underprivileged women.