Last Friday night was the 11th annual Product Runway, put on by IIDA at the Revention Music Center in downtown Houston benefitting the Houston Furniture Bank!

The Cocoon Cape….

The Butterfly Dress!









This year, twenty teams came together to create a one-of-a-kind garment, representing their assigned Houston landmark, part of town, or iconic figure.  Themes ranged from the Astrodome and The Menial Collection, to The Orange Show and Houston City Hall.  This year, Thorntree was paired with Harrison Kornberg Architects, along with Steelcase and MDI, to bring to life the theme of Hermann Park.


Our team was the first to grace the runway and the model made a great entrance!  The garment was centered around the life of a butterfly.  The model walked out in a white cape/cocoon that was lined with purple fabric and small square mosaic tiles.  At the end of the runway, she shed the cocoon and underneath was a dress in a beautiful cacophony of colors!

The Cocoon Cape showing the detailing

Notice the intricacies of the wings combined with the shimmer of the bodice!









The asymmetrical dress was covered with multiple layers of ‘wing’s over the left shoulder  and all the way around the skirt.  The bodice was adorned with Oval Moon mosaic pieces, that helped to add a little shimmer to the design.  As the model walked, the wings moved, simulating the flight of the butterfly.  It was a stunning piece which awarded our team Best New Arrival!

View of the back of the Butterfly dress

Model with Award for Best New Arrival!

Once again, Product Runway did not disappoint!  All of the garments were truly unique, well thought out, and flawlessly executed!  It is always rewarding to participate in helping others, but it’s even more fun when you get to help and participate in an event where creativity truly does make the difference!


Congratulations to all of the teams on a job well done!

Teams 1-10 at the end of the show!

Teams 11-20 at the end of the show!

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