The International Academy of Design & Technology’s First Annual Fashion Show Delights Participants and Guests

September 25, 2006

La Mode: An Evening of Fashion is a success!

Seattle, Washington, September 25, 2006 – The first event of its kind for the International Academy of Design & Technology – Seattle (IADT – Seattle), La Mode: An Evening of Fashion debuted at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus with more than 700 guests in attendance. The fashion show featured more than 82 models wearing designs from 36 student designers.

Nick Verreos of Bravo’s PROJECT RUNWAY was the evening’s special guest. His first time in Seattle, Verreos, "fell in love with the city." During his comments, Verreos noted the importance for new designers to have opportunities like La Mode to show off their designs. In addition to his guest appearance at La Mode, Verreos treated IADT students to a special workshop on Saturday, September 9, 2006, where he spoke to IADT students about "Getting the most out of design school, how to get started in the fashion industry, and the ‘dos and don’t’s’ of starting your own line." Verreos also toured the school - read his comments by visiting Nick’s Blog at:

"Special thanks also goes out to the sponsors that helped make the event as spectacular as it was," said Laura Nielsen, IADT Director of Career Services and Chairperson for the Steering Committee. Top La Mode sponsors included:

Gold Level: Lush Cosmetics of Bellevue, and Starbucks
Silver Level: Sendtech Marketing Fusion
Bronze Level: Sports Club, Fairchild Publishing, and Viking Sewing
Copper Level: Hotel Monaco, Seattle Image Consulting, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas – Southcenter, and Datamark.

Hair services were donated by Gene Juarez Academy, Au Courant Salon of Mercer Island, and Surreal Salon of Tacoma. All make-up services were donated by Sephora. Kevin Ord, of Artisan Photography, Ltd. donated his professional services and captured the event in pictures. "Looking at all the preparations that were going on backstage, one would have thought they were getting ready for a New York fashion runway show," said Nielsen.

There were more than 92 IADT students and graduates of IADT’s Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Fashion Design who contributed their designs for the event. The garments were judged by a panel of fashion industry professionals, and the winners were acknowledged by Monir Zandghoreishi, IADT’s Fashion Design Program Chair, and La Mode Executive Producer and Nick Verreos during the awards ceremony. Winners included:

  • Tera Bacon for Best Design and finishing for a daytime garment
  • Gingerlyn Bellus for Best Design and finishing for a costume
  • Erin Ludolph for Best Design and finishing for evening/wedding gown

About IADT
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. At IADT, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach work today and in the future. While enrolled at IADT, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

The original International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago was founded in 1977 by a former Sears Executive, Clem Stein, Jr., as a postsecondary institution focused on merchandising and design. More than 25 years later, IADT has expanded its curriculum and campus locations. The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, and Digital Media Production. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees. For more information on IADT – Seattle, see or call 206.575.1865.