Product Runway turns out unique clothes

April 15, 2009 3:22:51 PM PDT
Maybe you've heard of the reality show Project Runway, but have you heard about Product Runway? It's a local design competition happening in Houston. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Color swatches, tiles and upholstery fabrics are materials these designers use to create fabulous spaces.

"Normally we work with building designs," said Andy Phan of Page Southerland Page.

Right now designers at some of Houston's top architecture firms and schools are putting the finishing touches on projects that will be fabulous fashions.

"We are trying to use our imaginations to develop these pieces to become a couture item," said Phan.

About a dozen teams will show their creations at the first annual Houston Product Runway.

The team at Page Southerland Page is already testing part of it's design but expects long hours leading up to the competition.

"You'll see me awake from this point on," said Phan.

Over at Morris Architects, the competition is so serious they would only let us record audio of the project. Toni Casper was willing to tell us what made the noise though.

"We have 350 Formica chips sewn on this," she said.

That's right, Formica chips as a dress. Team Morris is just beginning to cut and pin a second piece made from upholstery fabric and wall covering.

"It's been challenging but as designers we are solution driven," said Misty Richards of Morris Architects.

The teams are working fast to find a solution that ends in a wearable couture fashion.

"It's a different dynamic actually utilizing the human form instead of thinking of a structural building, so its been a unique challenge" Casper told us.

The Houston Product Runway Show is Thursday night. It benefits the Houston Furniture Bank.

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