3rd Annual Cosmos Couture

— Dresses of wood, frocks from carpets, suits of wallcoverings paraded down the runway Thursday evening, Sept. 20, at the annual Cosmo Couture. The event, produced by the Washington Metro City Center of the International Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter, was held at the Artisphere.

Twenty-one local architect and design firms teamed up with their manufacturing partners to create fashion garments for the show. Judges included Jennifer Barger (fashion editor of the Washington Post Express), Jhane Barnes (fashion designer), Karin Cadena (director of the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington), Rachel Cothran (public relations director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design), Tashia Senn (local fashion designer), Anastasia Rurikov Simes (costume designer for the Synetic Theatre) and Karen Sommer Shalett (editor of DC Magazine). The beneficiary of the show was My Sister’s Place — the oldest domestic violence shelter in Washington D.C. providing comprehensive programs and services to address domestic violence and the challenges survivors face. For the past two years, the Cosmo Couture event has generated over $40,000 for My Sister’s Place.