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Fears and Phobias Have Been Conquered at Haunt Couture


The much anticipated annual IIDA SoCal Haunt Couture fashion extravaganza took place on October 24th, 2019 before an excited audience at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub.

Using this year’s theme as their inspiration, twelve teams conquered their Fears and Phobias.  Paired with manufacturing industry partners, the design teams created stunning couture attire from unconventional materials.

We welcomed four very special celebrity guest judges–Project Runway All-Stars Samantha Black, Sonjia Williams, Gunnar Deatherage and Melissa Fleis, who judged the teams on their creativity, interpretation of the theme and runway presentation.  The themes were divided into three categories for the judges consideration:


The audience also participated in live voting, choosing their favorite team for the People’s Choice award.

The thrilling runway show did not disappoint!

As winners of the Biological Award, Gensler faced their fear of Botanophobia, or the fear of plants, with a haunting display of flora.

Winners of the Environmental Award, HKS, presented an electrical performance of Astrapophobia, the fear of thunder and lightning.

The Psychological Award went to HLW for their whimsical interpretation of Technophobia, also known as the fear of technology.

People’s Choice was awarded to College of the Canyons for their confining approach to Claustrophobia, the fear of small spaces.

See here for more information on all teams/phobias/sponsors.

This event would not have been possible without our very generous sponsors!

Thank you to all of our event sponsors:

Material Bank
3 Form
Clarus Glass
Pental Surfaces
Pivot Interiors
Ceramic Technics LTD
EF Contract Flooring
Atlas-Masland Contract
California Lighting Sales
Detla Millworks
Egger Wood Products
SCI Lighting
Abet Laminate
Claridge Products
Mata Construction Services, Inc.
Swinerton Builders

Thank you to all of our fabric sponsors:

CS&A (EPIC Contract Group)
Camira Textiles (EPIC Contract Group)
Design Tex
Luum Textiles
Momentum Textiles
Pallas Textiles
Reid Witlin Ltd
Wolf Gordon Textiles

Thank you to all of our team sponsors:

Herman Miller
Kimball Office
Koroseal Interior Products
Pivot Interiors
SCI Lighting Solutions
Sandler Seating

It’s never too early to become a sponsor; we are currently accepting chapter sponsors for 2020.  Information is available here.

Relive the pageantry–photos from this year’s Haunt are here! Click here to watch the video!

Haunt Couture 2019 is One Week Away – VIP Tickets Almost Sold Out and General Admission Tickets are Going Fast!


On October 24th, entry into this year’s Haunt Couture at Avalon Hollywood is the Haute ticket of the year.

Don’t miss the pageantry! Twelve teams have been hard at work crafting their stunning fashion collections for the runway. They will show off their creativity and fabrication skills in a show rivaling designers at Fashion Week.

Tickets are limited! Avoid the fear of missing out and purchase yours today.

VIP and General Admission tickets are available for purchase here.

Can’t wait? Check out our photos and video from last year’s event.

A few volunteer spots are still available. For more information, contact Helena Zann at helena.zann@iida-socal.org

VIP Tickets Are Going Fast – Reserve Your Entry Into One of the Most Spectacular IIDA LA City Center Events of the Year!


On October 24th, the Hollywood Avalon will be the place to be and be seen at this year’s Haunt Couture. Twelve teams will take to the stage for a captivating runway show that will rival Fashion Week.

VIP tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

Don’t be haunted by regret and miss your opportunity to mingle with other VIPs at the exclusive pre-party gala at the Bardot Room. Get your ticket before they vanish.

General and VIP tickets are available for purchase here.

Check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

Want to be part of the magic? Contact us to volunteer and experience the show behind the scenes. For more information, contact Helena Zann at helena.zann@iida-socal.org.

The BIG Reveal Party for Haunt Couture Is Tonight!


Tonight we will no longer be in the dark about this year’s theme for Haunt Couture.

This evening, teams, materials sponsors and patrons will be united against a nameless fright. They will venture into the unknown to learn the subject for their couture inspiration. All will be unveiled.


Haunt Couture needs our amazing supporters to help make this year’s event a success.

Are you a VIP? VIP sponsorship benefits include –
– Private party at the Bardot Room at the Avalon
– 16 admission tickets
– 16 cocktail tickets
– Hors d’oeuvres
– Reserved table for you and your guests

Don’t miss the chance to set yourself apart as an industry leader in one of the biggest A+D communities in the country.

Other sponsorship options are available but going fast!

See the sponsorship package here. Purchase sponsorship here.

Don’t miss out! Payment and logo must be received by Monday, September 9th to be included in the printed event materials.

For questions regarding event sponsorship, please contact Karlee Budge at kbudge@tangraminteriors.com

This event would not be possible without our valued contributors. Here’s your chance to be one of them!

More information is available on the event page here.

Curious? Check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

Feeling brave? Contact us to volunteer and experience the show behind the scenes. For more information, contact Helena Zann at HZann@MDCWall.com

2nd Annual DESIGNWALK coming to LA


Didn’t make it to NeoCon 2019? You are in luck! The Los Angeles City Center is hosting the 2nd Annual DESIGNWALK LA on August 22nd! Come out to see the latest and greatest product offerings from your favorite design partners. We are kicking off the festivities with our Launch Party at Gensler, followed by a self-guided tour through participating DTLA showrooms. Participating manufacturers will collaborate on a unique vignette inside each showroom that will be judged by event guests. The night will conclude with a Wrap Party where the vignette winners will be announced. You don’t want to miss this one!


We are still looking for event sponsors to partner with our host locations and showcase their latest product. Spots are filling up quickly so don’t wait! Click here to become a sponsor and contact Chloe Thornton at chloe.thornton@mdcwall.com with any questions.

Get your tickets here today!

LACC’s First Design Tour of 2019 – Akerman LLP, Thursday, 4/30 5:30 – 8:30pm


Greetings Los Angeles Design Community! Just around the corner is IIDA, LACC’s very first design tour of 2019!! And it is going to be a great one…

Downtown Los Angeles has no shortage of office buildings. Springing up out of an underdeveloped urban center, newer high-rises have grown to dominate the landscape, offering a contrast to the uniquely Californian architecture that illustrated the city’s history in decades past. With the older buildings, local architects and designers are in the middle of creating a renaissance; pairing a century-old history with the needs of a changing contemporary culture.


This is the story at the backdrop of the law offices of Akerman LLP. Located in Bunker Hill’s CalEdison building, one would imagine that a law office beyond the warm, dark art deco lobby would include heavy wood desks, books lining the walls, private offices lining the spaces where light comes in. But gone are the days of the dark chambers of legal offices, and Wirt Design Group’s work on Akerman’s new digs showcase everything the modern law office strives to be. Exposed concrete and raw materials inspire a space that feels fresh.

A large focus on gathering and entertaining both indoors and out make Akerman a different company, and you can experience this with IIDA’s LA City Center on Tuesday, April 30 5:30PM – 8:30PM.

Our evening will take us through the social spaces of the office, touching on the design of the building and the benefits to those who occupy the space. Join us to learn more about this project. Tickets can be purchased on the event page here.

Hurry, as space is limited and tickets will sell out! See you on Tuesday, April 30th!

A Designer In Need.


This past week, Brittany Renee Smith, a designer with Klawiter and Associates, was in a bad car accident leaving a job site in the Palm Springs area. She sustained significant head injuries, and the road to recovery will be substantial. She was recently airlifted to UCLA for more focused care. Anyone who knows Brittany can speak to her positive energy, her smile, and amazing kindness. IIDA SoCal sends all best wishes to Brittany and her family for a quick recovery. The family has set up a GoFundMe page here.

LA Haunt Couture – That’s a Wrap!


Thank you to everyone that helped make this year’s Haunt Couture ‘HORRORSCOPE’ Event a huge success! We had an incredible group of talented design teams that participated and hope everyone enjoyed the performances as much as we did! Congratulations to the winners, categorized by Zodiac elements:

Fire: Gensler – Aries


Earth: AECOM – Capricorn


Air: HLW – Aquarius


Water: SAA – Scorpio


People’s Choice Award (drumroll please…) is College of the Canyons, Earth.


Check out our Instagram highlight “HORRORSCOPE LA” for snippets of each performance. See all the photos of the event here!

Thank you to our event sponsors:
Eurowest Decorative Surfaces
Stone Source
SitOnIt Seating
SCI Lighting

LA Haunt Couture is Tomorrow!


LA’s Haunt Couture is TOMORROW night at the Avalon Hollywood Theatre! Have you purchased your tickets yet for one of the most spectacular events of the year? Online general admission and VIP tickets sales close Wednesday (today) at 5 pm! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. You don’t want to miss out this year as each team will be transforming the zodiac signs into spectacular runway couture!

Los Angeles Haunt Couture
October 25th, 7:30 – 10pm
Avalon Hollywood | 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Special thanks for the following Event Sponsors:
Eurowest Decorative Surfaces
Stone Source
SitOnIt Seating
SCI Lighting

Last Chance to Buy Tickets to LA Haunt Couture!


Los Angeles Haunt Couture
October 25th, 7:30 – 10pm
Avalon Hollywood | 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

With only two weeks left before the big event, General Admission and VIP tickets are going quickly! VIP tickets are limited, so get in touch with us to purchase yours soon. Click here for more info. You don’t want to miss this year’s HORRORSCOPE, where zodiac signs will be transformed into spellbinding runway couture!