This was SA+R’s third time participating in the IIDA Rocky Mountain Prêt-A-Porter fashion show – Colorado’s main stage event for the culmination of architecture, design, and inspiring haute couture. Partnering with Midwest Floors, SA+R was tasked to design and create a dress made of hard surface countertop laminate. The theme for this year’s participants was color-blocking: neutral or bold. Instead of ignoring curves as they did during the 60’s mod via straight silhouettes, we wanted a fresh take on color-blocking by embracing natural female curves. In taking this route, we looked toward nature for color inspiration as well as the Spring 2019 color trends. Our primary inspiration was the Lilac Breasted Roller, an African bird widely distributed south of the Sahara desert.
This year’s focus on more wearable garments prompted us to design a party dress that exemplified the fun, vivacious personality of our model. We chose Arborite laminate for the primary material of the dress and the bright pink petticoat underneath was spray-painted flooring underlayment (lots of it!). While laminate might seem like a tough choice for a dress, we thought outside of the box and pushed the natural limits of the material to create more organic shapes. The result was a fun party dress that moves with purpose. Check out our process photos and pictures from the event below.