Haunt Teams Sound off on Challenges, Competition, and Conveying Theme
Nicole with GlasPro sat down with three HAUNT COUTURE 2016 design team leaders at this year’s Halfway Point Meeting to discuss the fast-approaching competition.
NICOLE: Welcome, ladies! As team leaders, what excited you most about this year’s theme?
JANELLE (HKS): The toxic effect of natural plants is so interesting to work with…the fact that each flower has effects ranging from mild to fatal is so intriguing!
MARLEN (WAI): The theme is organic and open to interpretation – it will be exciting to see how each team conveys the theme.
RACHEL (HOK): It’s so open ended. Anything’s possible!
NICOLE: Without giving too much away…how are you using this year’s theme to inspire your design?
RACHEL (HOK): We are taking advantage of the healing VS. destructive aspects of our plant.
JANELLE (HKS): Our design is inspired by the movement of our flower’s toxins through the veins once ingested.
MARLEN (WAI): No comment.
NICOLE: As a returning team, what mistakes have you made in previous years that you are going to try to not replicate?
RACHEL (HOK): Not pushing enough boundaries!
JANELLE (HKS): Putting ideas before concept.
MARLEN (WAI): Although Wolcott has participated before, we are a completely new team, so…so far, so good!
NICOLE: Looking around the room, who do you think your biggest competition is this year?
RACHEL (HOK): Each team has something new to bring to the table. We are very excited about the competition this year.
JANELLE (HKS): Well, Gensler isn’t participating, so…
MARLEN (WAI): The students!
NICOLE: One last question…If you could give us a TINY hint to what your performance will be like…what would you say?
RACHEL (HOK): Things are not what they appear.
MARLEN (WAI): Intoxicating!
JANELLE (HKS): Dark and dreamy.
NICOLE: Thank you, ladies. Can’t wait to see what this year’s competition brings. Biscuit, please get off my leg.
For more information on this year’s Haunt Couture competition, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit iida-socal.org.