Fashion Week festivities in New York City may command the design world each February, but Indianapolis boasts its own stylish version thanks to the Avant Garb Fashion show staged by the Indiana Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). American Structurepoint entered a team in this year’s show, designing a futuristic garment modeled on the Crane Bay runway in downtown Indianapolis by our very own architectural designer Anne Schneider. The challenge – create fashion garments from unique and upcycled materials commonly found in the built environment. Local interior designers were teamed with manufacturing firms to turn a color and a personality trait into a one-of-a-kind design. American Structurepoint’s team paired with Louisville Tile Distribution and was required to use the vendor’s products in creating a garment fitting the show’s Design/Collide theme. Our team received the word “industrious” and the color “mint,” which they used as an accent color. Our designers sewed together a shower pan membrane to create the jacket and bodice and used an exterior membrane and other tile products to finish the look. Students from Aveda Fredric’s Institute School of Cosmetology of Indianapolis created Anne’s edgy hairstyle and makeup, and the ensemble was complete. Our team, consisted of Anne, interior designer Kaitlyn Barrett and architect Vanessa Shumate, and Louisville Tile’s Tracey Kessens. They enjoyed the experience that benefited Girl’s Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, an organization that inspires girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. “It was a lot of fun, we tried to stay as true to the material as possible, and we received lots of compliments on our outfit,” Kaitlyn said.