IIDA held the 1st annual CRE8 design challenge and fashion show benefiting Dress For Success on April 15, 2011. HKS has been a fashion show participant in the past, but this year our design team was paired with one softgood and one hardgood manufacturer. We had the challenge to celebrate the connection between interior design and fashion while incorporating our materials and the use of Sherwin Williams paint color Garden Grove Green. The design team attended the kick-off event where we received our materials and instruction for the 8 day design challenge. We developed a concept sketch that eventually developed into something very different. As a team we decided to turn our 8 day challenge into a 2 day challenge and complete our garment over one weekend. Our final design was eventually named Avant Garden. It included vinyl pants, a wire hanger abstract skirt, carpet corset top and a flowing fabric train with wire hanger dachshund. After all, every lady needs a dog to walk in her garden! The design team included: Nick Tedder, Emily Becker, Jessica Kollars, Shana Russell (model), Katy Cagle, Lanee Gray, and Adelia Schleusz. Out of 21 entry’s and only 7 awards given, HKS received honorable mention! Thank you to all HKS employees who donated clothing to Dress for Success and for those who attended the fashion show event.