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DC’s Fashion, Architecture & Design Event Set To ‘Lore’ at the Washington National Cathedral

The Washington Metro City Center (WMCC) of the International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (IIDA MAC), today announced that the 9th Annual Cosmo Couture will take place on Thursday, September 20th in D.C. at its new location the Washington National Cathedral.

Recognized as one of the top charity events in the DC region, the event fosters a direct collaboration between local Interior Design and Architecture firms and their product manufacturing partners in the Washington D.C. area, and ultimately leads to creating garments reflecting a given theme. Garments are constructed out of interior materials such as tile, carpet, wood, vinyl, glass and rubber - materials used in the built interior environment. Finding ways to apply them to haute couture fashion, the design teams create, a bridge between fashion and architecture.

Each year the show theme changes with past themes ranging from focusing on D.C. area landmarks such as the Smithsonian Museums, Embassies, American Presidents, and the National Zoo, to an Under the Big Top Circus theme, and Exploring Natural Environments. IIDA MAC is pleased to announce that the 2018 Cosmo Couture theme is ‘Lore’ - A body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth. This year’s event will be co-emceed by 94.7FM The Tommy Show radio hosts Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis.

Twenty-four design teams will participate in this year’s event. Designs will be judged by an elite panel of judges, to be announced, and awards will be given in various categories such as: Best Performance

· Best Performance

· Best Use of Materials

· Best Interpretation of Theme

· Best Red Carpet Look

· Best Sketch

· Audience Favorite (People’s Choice)

A Design Community Rallying to Support a Colleague: Love 4 Livi. Each year Cosmo Couture selects a charity beneficiary and donates a portion of the event proceeds to their cause. Past recipients have included Rebuilding Together of Washington, DC and My Sisters Place. When an IIDA member and talented DC interior designer Livi Pejo suffered a catastrophic accident in late 2017 that severely injured her spinal cord, the organization decided that the funds from this year’s event should go towards helping her family with her medical expenses. After completing her first triathlon in Dewey Beach, DE, Livi was struck by an inebriated driver while walking along the sidewalk and ultimately left her paralyzed from the neck down. IIDA MAC WMCC is eager to support the Pejo family and hopes to ease the financial burden of her recovery journey moving forward.

Over the past eight years, the IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter has donated over $100,000 to previously selected charities from Cosmo Couture proceeds.

Attracting over 800 attendees each year, this year’s Cosmo Couture event is helped made possible by our Chapter’s Visionary Sponsors: Cenero, Mohawk Group and Teknion.

Event tickets range from $125-225 and value packages of tickets are available. Event tickets can be purchased online at


EVENT DETAILS What: Cosmo Couture 2018 - Fashion & Interior Design Event (9th Annual) Presented by: Washington Metro City Center of the International Interior Design Association – Mid Atlantic Chapter Beneficiary: Love4Livi

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Where: Washington National Cathedral Time: 5:30-10:00PM Cocktails 5:30-7:30PM

Runway Show 7:30-9:00PM

Desserts 9:00-10:00PM


About the International Interior Design Association-Mid Atlantic Chapter The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (MAC) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge of interior design among professionals and expanding the awareness and appreciation of interior design among the general public.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter encompasses the District of Columbia, all of Maryland and Northern Virginia including the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Fauquier. It also includes the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. Members from Harper’s Ferry and Shepardstown, West Virginia are also encouraged to participate in our activities.

Due to its size and geographical expanse, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter includes two City Centers: the Washington Metro City Center (WMCC) and the Baltimore-Annapolis City Center (BACC).

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