FUSION + FASHION: Looking Back

Photo Credit  Dave Puente

Photo Credit Dave Puente

Fusion + Fashion is a yearly event, put on by the Northland Chapter of IIDA (International Interior Design Association) right here in good ol' MPLS! Local members of the design community participate in it by designing garments created out of non-traditional and/or building materials. 

For us it is a yearly reminder to shake things up, to get wildly creative and to step way outside our design comfort zones! It's also allowed us the opportunity to meet fabulous designers from outside our field such as Mondo Guerra and Christopher Straub from Project Runway as well as Kate Arends from Wit & Delight, who have all participated as judges.

This year marks Fusion + Fashion's 10th anniversary and although we are not participating this year, we are as usual, overwhelmingly excited to see all the incredible designs our colleagues put together!

Here are some of our own winning designs from years past. We will follow up next week with a recap of this year's upcoming show!



This was our first taste of FUSION! We entered as students and took home the award for "Most Unique Material"

Click through the galleries below to see photos from the show and images of the construction process.


This was our first year entering as The Crush Collective Team and we took home the prize for "Best Interpretation of a Photo"!


This was last year's show, we are still so honored and humbled to take home the award for "BEST OF SHOW"!

We can't wait to follow up next week with pictures from tonight's show at Muse! Check out the concept video below!

xoxo, Crush Collective


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Truly believe and be open to all paths that lead to self-expression.

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Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.  If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable.  Originality is non-existent.  Don't bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it!

"It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to." 

- The Crush Collective Team - stolen from Jean-Luc Godard - stolen from Paul Arden - stolen from Jim Jarmusch

We at Crush Collective believe in all paths that lead to self-expression and creative endeavors. Our goal is to share those things with you.  Although we may lean toward sharing things more closely related to our field, we also aspire to share the multitude of things that bring us there. 

We hope our blog can be a daily place of inspiration - a small reminder to find creative perspective and awakening in everything around us.

To work hard, stay humble, and create authenticity.

We hope we give you many things to STEAL!

Many Thanks, The Crush Collective Team

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