Local members of the design community compete in a Project Runway-style competition with garments created out of non-traditional materials.


October 3, 2014


Orchestra Hall

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This Year's Theme:
Get Amplified!

Get inspired by iconic music venues from around the globe!  Each Fusion+Fashion contestant designed and created a runway fashion look inspired by a global music theater, hall, or concert venue, paying homage to this year's venue—Orchestra Hall.

Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

Best Interpretation of Musical Venue
Best Stage Presence
Most Avant Garde
Most Unique Material
Best Makeup/Hair
Best of Show
People's Choice







IIDA Northland hosted its 9th annual charity fashion show on Friday, October 3rd.

This non-traditional runway show challenges participants to "Get Amplified." This year, entrants were asked to create couture ensembles inspired by music venues from around the world. The use of materials and finishes from the building design industry was strongly encouraged, but not required. In an effort to make a more charitable impact to the our local building and design industry, 30% of proceeds went to the Northland Chapter Education Fund, a fund within the IIDA Foundation, a 501c3, whose primary mission is to advance Interior Design through education, research, and knowledge to benefit IIDA and the Interior Design profession.

And the Winners Are...

Best Interpretation of a Musical Venue:

Best Stage Presence:

Most Avant Garde:

Most Unique Material:

Best Hair and Make Up:
Perkins + Will

Best of Show:
Crush Collective

People's Choice:


Natalie Nyhus

Natalie Nyhus is the host of WCCO's Saturday Mornings show and highlights some of the state's top gems in the "Best of Minnesota" series. She studied broadcast journalism, print journalism and theology at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn.

Natalie got her start as a sports reporter on Fox Sports North and the Big Ten Network. Prior to reporting traffic and entertainment on WCCO 4 News This Morning for four years, she was courtside with the Minnesota Timberwolves as their in-arena host. She also worked with Hollywood 411 out of Los Angeles, hosted an arts and entertainment talk radio show on MyTalk 107.1 FM and covered nightlife at The CW Twin Cities.



Amy Matthews

HGVT and DIY host of shows including Renovation Raiders, Sweat Equity, Bathroom Renovations, Blog Cabin, and This New House.


Kristen Aldridge

Current host of "The Daily Buzz" Kristen also covers red carpets at the most prestigious of Hollywood events including the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and Golden Globes.






Scott Mayer

Mayer works for Hennepin Theater Trust developing partnerships for the new cultural district being establish downtown Minneapolis.  Scott is also the founder and project director of the Ivey Awards, the One Man Project, and the Charlie Awards.


Michele Gudmundson and Wesley Uthus

Founders of PRIMP Botique.  The first PRIMP store opened in September of 2010 and within just 4 short years has grown to six Twin Cities locations! 





Stay connected with the latest IIDA Northland news, Fusion announcements, and more by following @iidaNorthland on Instagram, and Facebook.  Share your excitement with #GetAmplified

Contact fusion@iida-northland.org with questions.

Last year's winners:

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See photos of the 2013 event

See the photos from the 2013 Fusion photo booth

Thank you to our 2014 Fusion+Fashion event sponsors:

Balcony Sponsors:

Target Commercial Interiors


Stage Décor Sponsors:

Art Partners



Freestyle Productions
Create Catering
Dave Puente Photography




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