The International Academy of Design & Technology’s Annual Fashion Show Sets A New Record for Excellence in Design

September 5, 2007

La Mode: An Evening of Fashion Establishes a Seattle Tradition

Seattle, WA, September 5, 2007 - The second annual Fashion Show for the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) Seattle took place at the Spirit of Washington Event Center in Renton. More than 700 guests attended and included up-and-coming designers, celebrities and members of the press. The focal point of the event, La Mode: An Evening of Fashion, featured models wearing original designs created by IADT student designers who were competing to win La Mode's top awards.

Celebrity designers Nick Verreos and Andrae Gonzalo of Bravo's PROJECT RUNWAY co-hosted the evening's festivities, which included 70 wardrobe changes interspersed with sets of ethnic folk dance. These folk dance segments moved Nick Verreos to promise that his collection next season would be influenced by folk costumes from around the world. Andrae Gonzalo noted that the impressive work by IADT students had put "Seattle on the fashion map. Showcasing new, innovative designers who have the talent to succeed anywhere is not limited to the traditional dominance of New York or LA."

La Mode was a full-scale extravaganza that required the coordination of multiple teams from IADT's departments of interior design, graphic design, visual communication and digital media production to stage an interdisciplinary and professional-level production. IADT students and graduates of IADT's Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Art Degree programs in Fashion Design contributed their designs for the event. The garments were judged by Nick Verreos and Andrae Gonzalez. "They really took their time with the judging and gave each garment serious consideration," stated Laura Nielsen, Director of Career Services, who followed the pair throughout the judging process. Top winners included:

  • Elizabeth Dean, Daywear Design
  • Ginger Bellus, Costume Design
  • Jessica Keen, Cocktail Design
  • Ava Fernandes, Evening Gown Design
Fashion Show Woman in Yellow Dress Fashion Show Woman in White and Pink Dress

La Mode also hosted a "Wine & Design" auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Auction items included exquisite, one-of-a-kind wedding gowns donated by Victoria's Bridal and couture designers Monir Zandghoreishi and Madina Vadache. The most unusual auction item was the rare opportunity to spend one-on-one time with celebrity designer Andrae Gonzalo while he sketched a personalized garment. The winner of the sketch had Andrae sketch for her Nick Verreos's Barbie design that had been originally showcased on Project Runway. Time spent with Andrae and the sketch itself was a bid on by Connie Ward, who planned to give the sketch to her daughter, new IADT student Dijona Ward.

Courtney Russell, IADT's Student Services Manger and 2007 Steering Committee Chairperson and Show Producer, expressed her gratitude to the many sponsors for their generous and continuing support of Seattle's fashion tradition--La Mode, "we can only begin to thank you for your gracious support of La Mode. The positive energy in the Spirit of Washington Event Center on Friday, August 24, 2007 was amazing. We are so glad you were able to join us in making such a wonderful opportunity occur for these exciting, passionate, and inspiring upcoming designers."

Gold Sponsor: Seattle Jaycees; Silver Sponsor: Gene Juarez Academy Make-up Artistry by Sheila Birashk, IDDI ID Seattle, Patricia Lecy; Bronze Sponsor, Pearson Publishing; Copper Sponsor: Sewing Machine Services, Architex, Richard's Inc. Men's Fashions, Target Direct Marketing, Kelly Brady; VIP Gift Bag Sponsors: Redhook, Gene Juarez Southcenter Spa, NY & Co. Sunglasses, Westfield Mall, Hip Zephyr, Precept Wines, Coop's Candles, Talking Rain, Urban Botanic, Starbucks, IZZE; Production Sponsors: The Agency*, The Studio, Spirit of Washington Event Center, David Simmerman Photography, AC Model & Talent, Troupe Hipnotica, Tony Comerford School of Irish Dance; Wine & Design Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Benefit Auction Sponsors: Precept Wine, Southcenter Target, Amore Chocolates, Monir Zandghoreishi, Victoria's Bridal, Madina Vadache, Andrae Gonzalo; Additional Sponsors: Seattle Picks, Amy's Limo, Southcenter Zoopa, Hotel Monaco, Fairchild Books, Paule Attar Salon and Spa, Sazerac.

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 Seattle campus of IADT, 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 Degrees and Bachelor Degrees. For more information on IADT Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit