Exclusive: IIDA 'Fashion Meets Finish' Runway Show Was a Battle of the Decades

by Barbara Viteri

All photography provided by: New Visual Collective

Move over Project Runway, IIDA's 2017 'Fashion Meets Finish' lived up to the theme...Battle of the Decades. The fashion show's concept was worth a television series, but producing a LIVE runway show at the iconic Mainstage Theatre in NJ, was like catching the season's epic finale. In its 5th year, IIDA raised the bar in both design challenge and accommodating for a record breaking attendance. The unique challenge paired up design firms with goods manufacturers forming a competitive design team. The design teams had approximately eight weeks to construct a garment solely from the materials their manufacturing sponsors represented. We are talking from carpet to tiles for selections! These interior design materials were tailor-made to be worn fashionably on the runway and adhering to this year's theme - Battle of the Decades. 

Members of the Planning Committee

Cynthia Sarria, Erin Pollex and Renee Parenteau (Left to Right)


Blanche Garcia

Certified Interior Designer, B. Garcia Designs

Judging: 'Best Use of Materials'

Kelly Dempsey

Fashion Designer, Creator of Rack ADDIK

(Project Runway Runner-Up Season 14)

Judging: Runway to Street Chic

Chris Stulplin

SVP of Design, Tarkett

Judging: Best Construction

Barbara Viteri


Creator of Designerlebrity

Judging: Best Interpretation of Theme

Annie Block

Deputy Editor, Interior Design Magazine

Judge Announcing: Fan Favorite

Pre-Show Performance

Sixteen Design teams Battled it out 

VIDEO: FIRST LOOK! Recap of IIDA 'Fashion Meets Finish' Battle of the Decades

IIDA PA|NJ|DE - New Jersey City Center puts on their 5th Fashion Meets Finish Runway Show!

Congratulations to the Winners!


Decade: 1940s 

Category: Best Use of Materials

Tricarico + Bentley Mills

Decade: Future

Category: Runway to Street Chic

CFI + 3Form

Decade: 1040's

Category: Best Construction

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PVH Corp + Fessenden Hall


Decade: 1920s

Category: Best Interpretation of Theme

Gensler + Source International

Decade: 1960's

Category: Fan Favorite


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