Bryant Yee

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Cosmo Couture 2012

Cosmo Couture is a charity fashion show benefiting My Sister's Place hosted by the Washington Metro City Center of IIDA-MAC. Architecture and interior design firms join with manufacturing partners to create garments made out of industry materials reflecting a given theme. The design teams have two months to create a garment from concept to construction. The garments are judged by a panel of DC notables during a runway show with awards given to design teams in 4 different categories: Haute Couture, Best Performance, Most Creative, and Audience Favorite. Each team’s finished design is showcased at the Cosmo Couture runway event at Artisphere, as one of the team members has to model the garment on the runway.

This year’s theme was the painting, “Red Star” by Raymond Saunders.


  • The garment was displayed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2012)

View the Making-of

We began by visiting the Corcoran Museum, where the painting, “Red Star” by Raymond Saunders, was on display. The painting combines Saunders’ expressionistically worked surfaces with pop art of the sixties. Among the chaotic composition of vibrant color, calligraphy marks, stenciled numbers sits a bold, red star. The 5-pointed shape is the focal point of the painting. With this in mind, we wanted to explore the idea of geometric lines and cuts highlighted by symmetric forms and triangular details. We later met with our manufacturing partner, FilzFelt, a supplier of felt yardage and floor coverings. She provided us with a plethora of samples to explore and juxtapose with one another.

Like the painting, we wanted our garment to be the red star that stood out in the sea of chaos and colors. The idea of creating a piece based solely on the geometry of the star intrigued us. Architecture and fashion have a lot in common, both, designer and architect use geometry to generate forms; they create structure, design lines, and shapes. With so many different vibrant colors in the painting, we wanted to portray the absence of color. Choosing white as our dominant color would allow us to stand out amongst the different teams using all of the colors from the painting. It also allowed our garment to accentuate the clean geometric lines created by our unique volume and texture.

Folded Paper Studies

Final Construction