LA’s Haunt Couture Celebrates 10 Years!

Haute Couture 2011 Finale

Halloween is just around the corner, and for the LA City Center, you know what that means… it’s Haunt Couture time!  This year marks Haunt’s 10th Birthday and the Haunt Committee is gearing up for an unforgettable show!  Fittingly, with ten competing architecture and design firms, there will be one team to mark each year of Haunt’s existence… I like to think of them as the birthday candles on the cake!

We’re thrilled to have the acclaimed firms, AECOM, Cuningham Group, Gensler, HKS, HOK, IA, SAA, Wolcott, and ZGF competing this year.  And rounding off the crowd – the participating student team is a really talented group of students from CSUN!

So what is Haunt Couture, you may ask if you’re new to LA, new to IIDA, or if you think you may have been living under a rock (no worries, we all have those moments!)?  In a nutshell… Haunt Couture is an annual social event that fuses fashion, design, and architecture into one impressive costume runway show competition.  Talented teams of designers from esteemed architecture and design firms create and produce garments from donated interiors textiles, and compete on the runway for their shot at the title of First Place!  Other highlights of the night include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, dancing, and of course, guests of discriminating taste.

This year we are celebrating at the famous Downtown LA nightclub, Exchange LA.  Home of the former LA Stock Exchange, the venue directly inspired this year’s theme.  The money and wealth that was once traded within those historic walls got our committee to thinking…

Exchange LA - Stock Exchange Building in 1956

Exchange LA - Today!

“If we became wealthy… no… scratch that… filthy rich… what would we want to do for our BIG birthday bash?  That’s easy… travel the world, first class, and see some of the most exquisite architectural and design landmarks across the globe!”

And that’s just what this year’s teams have in store for you… interpreted into extreme fashions for the runway!  And what about food and drinks, you might ask?  Oh yes, we would want to taste the traditional flavors from each locale… but perhaps with a little LA fusion to stir the pot.  Thanks to the caterer, Food Fair by Diego – we will have just that!  And the icing on the cake?  How about a panel of ALL celebrity judges this year?  Yep, we have that too!  Haunt’s 10th Birthday is going to be unforgettable… and the best part?  You’re all invited!!

It’s not too late to become a Sponsor!  Tickets are on sale, and sponsorship opportunities are available on the Haunt Couture Event Page of the IIDA SoCal website!
Michelle Marotta
Associate IIDA, LEED A.P. ID+C
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
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