Monday, April 14, 2014

DIA Samurai Design Competition Finalist

I am so honored to be one of the designers chosen by the DIA and Detroit Garment Group! Please check out the designs on the Detroit Garment Group's website on April 21st and start casting your votes. The winner will be announced at the fashion show at the DIA on May 17th.

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Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899

Fashion Designers to create outfits inspired by Detroit Institute of Arts’ Samurai: Beyond the Sword
Samurai exhibition the inspiration for fashion contest hosted by DIA and Detroit Garment Group Guild

March 25, 2014 (Detroit)—Ten local fashion designers are putting their talents to the test in a competition hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3) and  inspired by the museum’s exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword, on view through June 1.

“Beyond the Armor” challenges designers to create a complete outfit based on artworks in the exhibition. Dozens of entries were submitted and 10 finalists were chosen by the DIA and DG3. The designers visited the Samurai exhibition on March 18 for inspiration and will spend the next month creating their fashions.

The selected designers are:

  • Narjes Almajidi Detroit Wayne State University student
  • Janna Coumoundouros Clawson Lilacpop Studio
  • Loren D. Jordan Southfield LOJO
  • Sarah Lapinski Detroit Wound Menswear LLC
  • Bonnie Pearce Northville College for Creative Studies student
  • Kelly Sager Ann Arbor Kelly Lynne
  • Bridget Sullivan Grosse Pointe Farms Bridget Sullivan Designs
  • Lena Harbali Ann Arbor Eastern Michigan University student
  • Deanna Zapico Troy Deanna Zapico
  • Cheryl Zemke Riverview CZ Creations, Riverview

Beginning March 27, the designers will post blogs and videos about their experiences at The finished outfits will be displayed in three tri-county locations: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, April 21–27; Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Rd., Warren, April 28-May 4; and a venue in Canton, to be determined, May 5–12.

The public will determine the winner by voting for their favorite outfit at any of the three venues, or online, beginning April 21 at The winning design will be announced at a fashion show at the DIA on Saturday, May 18, at noon.

“Beyond the Armor” is the third edition of the museum’s “DIA Inspired” program, which asks people to use the museum as a source of inspiration and to create works of art based on what they see.

DG3 is a nonprofit that provides education and opportunities for Detroit’s fashion community and beyond. Educational programming ranges from an annual fashion conference focused on the business of fashion to an industrial-sewing certification program, coming this fall. For more information about DG3, visit

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

FROZEN: A Fashion Collaboration

Frozen: A Fashion Collaboration
Photography and jewelry by Lilacpop Studio
Bubble Wrap dresses by Matthew F. Richmond
Makeup by Stacey Manuel
Space and video by The StoreFront Gallery
Models Riz Lacerna and Charlie Reagin 

Designer for the Detroit Institute of Art and Detroit Garment Group's Samurai Competition

I am pleased to announce that I have been one of 10 designers chosen in the Samurai: Beyond The Sword Design Competition with the DIA and Detroit Garment Group. I am honored and excited!

Here is the press release from the DIA:

An exciting design competition hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3) called Beyond the Armor.  Beyond the Armor is set to run in conjunction with the DIA’s upcoming exhibit Samurai: Beyond the Sword, which opens to the public March 9, 2014.  Samurai: Beyond the Sword looks at the world of the Japanese Samurai, exploring the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai’s engagement in the cultural, spiritual and art worlds of their time.  Beyond the Armor is the third edition of the museum’s “DIA Inspired” program which asks the participants to use the museum as a source of inspiration and to create works of art based on what they see during their visit.
Beyond the Armor asks the design participants to create a complete outfit inspired by the Samurai garb.  The competition is open to all Michigan designers.  The DIA and DG3 will select 10 designers who will then have one month to create a complete outfit inspired by the Samurai garb.  The 10 selected designers will be notified by February 14, 2014.  Preference will be given to designers from the tri-county area and to those with demonstrated history of high-quality work.  The cost of the materials will be provided and DG3 will oversee the designers.  To prepare, the 10 selected designers will be given a private tour of the exhibition in order to draw inspiration.
Throughout the competition the designers will post blogs and/or vlogs documenting the process.  Once completed, the finished looks will travel to three community locations for public exhibition.  The community will select the over all winner.  The competition will wrap up with a fashion show scheduled for May 2014 (Date and location to be determined).  The winner will receive a prize which will be announced during the fashion show.
Resource: Detroit Institute of Arts Press Release

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dresses Made Out of Automotive Materials for NAIAS and the MAIN Event 2014

The MAIN Event Fashion Show Design Winner Features Inteva Products TPO Automotive Interior Material
Troy, Mich., January XX – A dress created by Janna Coumoundouros, using Inteva Products TPO material for automotive interiors, was selected as the winning design in The MAIN Event Fashion Show of automotive-inspired garments, and will be modeled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Charity Preview at Cobo Center, in Detroit, Friday, January 17.
The 4th annual MAIN Event, organized by the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Architecture and Design, kicked off the NAIAS on Sunday Jan. 12 at Orchestra Hall. The event recognized Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan and CEO Renault as “Global Industry Executive of the Year,” and Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director, as “Industry Innovator of the Year.”
Additionally, select LTU students were recognized with the “Next Generation of Design Innovation” and the “Coach Builder Design” awards. The MAIN Event annual Fashion Show featured some pieces constructed from automotive materials and components, like the winning TPO-constructed entry, and provided a fashionable conclusion to the event.
The Designer and the Dress
Janna Coumoundouros is a Ferndale, Michigan-based photographer, jewelry designer and fashion stylist. She has roots in the automotive industry, with fashion automotive styling clients that include Ford, Lincoln and Audi. She styled the 2014 Ford Fiesta catalog as well. And Janna is not a newcomer to the NAIAS. In 2012, she designed custom jewelry, from scrap automotive parts, for WDIV-TV personality Ashlee Baracy to wear to the NAIAS Charity Preview, resulting in her jewelry being featured on “Dateline.”
Her MAIN Event winning entry was Janna’s first attempt at fashion design. “I always wanted to be a fashion designer, because of my jewelry design and work in fashion photography,” Janna said, “So, when I was presented this challenge, I decided to go for it.”
She had only 10 days to create her design from the roll of Inteva TPO provided to her by LTU, and she embraced the challenge to create the dress from this alternative material. 
“I enjoy taking unusual materials and making something new,” Janna said, “I experimented with steaming it to get curls and curves; and I even put it into the dishwasher. It came out pretty soggy, so then I had to put it in the dryer. Ultimately, the curls relaxed to curves that I could work with.”
She created the top portion of the dress, which includes safety belt material, on the model; pinning everything into place and then sewing the creation together after the model removed it. The design of the bottom of the dress was reversed from her original concept, according to Janna. “Originally the tulleing was designed to be underneath, but the material didn’t hang right over it,” she explained, “so I switched it around and put the TPO underneath and the tulleing on top and it all came together.”
Janna collaborated on the winning dress design with Nick Caggiano, another local designer, giving fashion design a try for the first time. Nick is a leather artist who works mostly making bags, tool kits and belts; and recently began doing leather work for a custom motorcycle shop. 
“There is nothing on this dress that is not from the automotive industry,” Nick said. “It’s upholstery leather (TPO) and safety belt webbing, mixed with sheet metal and fender washers that were TIG welded to make the clasps and fasteners. 
“This project was a wonderful opportunity for me to get creative and use my skills in a new direction. I’m hoping to do something like this again very soon.” 
The dress will be modeled at the NAIAS Charity Preview by Joan Lutz. 
The TPO Material
Inteva Products has a long, rich heritage of developing in-house custom compounds for automotive interior trim applications. The TPO used in this dress design is the result of Inteva Products materials expertise in developing vacuum-formable TPO constructions, to develop a custom, low-cost alternative to cut-and-sew and wrap constructions, and as simulated leather. It features good “drape-ability” and stretch, to enable wrapping complex shapes; and it offers excellent softness and UV stability, so it won’t shrink or crack over time. And, this Olefin material is the lightest-weight of all plastics, making it suitable for hidden air bag application.
In addition the model wearing this creation at the NAIAS Charity Preview, this TPO can be found on other – vehicle – models including the Kenworth T680 commercial vehicle. Other TPO formulations from Inteva Products can be found in the Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, GMC Sierra Pickup, Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Impala models; and in a future domestic and Asian SUV.   
The Fashion Show
“We included the fashion show in The MAIN Event because I wanted showcase the automotive industry’s innovations in materials technology and how they might be integrated into a garment,” said Keith Nagara, LTU Director of Transportation and Industrial Design Programs, and The MAIN Event Executive Committee Chairman. “Fashion is a major inspiration to the auto industry. Automotive designers generate aesthetics on the exterior with sheet metal and on the interior with various fabrics, materials, jewelry. With this automotive industry-inspired fashion show, I wanted to demonstrate that design is a holistic approach between interior and exterior.”
Inteva Products was one of the primary sponsors of the 2014 MAIN Event. Gerard Roose, Vice President Sales and Marketing – Inteva Products, is a member of The MAIN Event executive committee.
About Inteva Products, LLC
Inteva Products, LLC employs more than 10,400 people in 18 countries focused on delivering high quality products, on time and on budget. Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interiors Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Inteva is focused on sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and being a best place to work for employees. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Please visit

The MAIN Event
The Motorcity Automotive Industry Night (MAIN) Event serves as a welcome and homecoming to Detroit for all automotive professionals, especially those attending the North America International Auto Show (NAIAS). The invitation-only event’s purpose is to recognize the professional community, feature concepts from students of Lawrence Technological University, and serve as a memorable and celebratory kick-off for the NAIAS Preview Week. For additional details regarding the MAIN Event, go to:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Food, Drink, Fashion, & a 9' NINJA!

New jewelry in two different runway shows next week.
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Yes A 9' NINJA! Wearing LED lights. Plus food vendors, drink vendors, L'Esprit Academy giving tips and tricks, and fashion.

On September 5th Janna will sending models down the runway wearing her one-of-a-kind designs made from cash register parts, typewriters, clock parts, computer parts, and auto parts. The fashion show is hosted by Channel 4's own Ashley Baracy and will also feature Matthew Richmond's paper dresses and Detroit Respect. It is part of a really fun event put on by Yelp. But get your RSVP in ASAP because they will cut it off when they hit 1,000 RSVP's and it's getting close!

On September 7th she will be debuting brand new Rock and Rebellious pieces, including some new accessories for legs and waists...


+The Yelp! After School Special in Detroit (St. Andrew's Hall)

DETROIT! Pop quiz: what's the best party in town? If you answered a Yelp party then give yourself a gold star. 

Yes, we're bringing you the best the area has to offer! This free back to school themed shindig is going down on Thursday, September 5th from 7-10pm and we're taking over all three floors of the legendary St. Andrew's Hall! Wanna know more? Here we go......(or just click here to register)

Thirsty? We'll have a cash bar plus your choice of 5 complimentary tastings from the likes of: Blue Nectar Tequila, El Mayor Tequila, Lady Bligh Spiced Rum , M. Lawrence Sparkling Wine, Pearl Vodka, Pearl Gin, and Tito's Handmade Vodka

Hungry? Sop up that booze with eats from: Good People Popcorn. Green Dot Stables, Just Baked, KIND Snacks, Mac Shack, Olga's Kitchen, Peteet's Famous Cheesecake, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Rock City Pies, Skybar Lounge, Treat Dreams, and Zoup!

Not a drinker? That's ok! Sip on some: Great Lakes Coffee, Honest Tea, and Jones Soda

Not enough? How about: 3 floors of DJs! Wood and metal movable type demonstrations from Salt and Cedar! A performance by the hardcore kids of Rock and Roll Prep School! Beautification Stations by L'esprit Academy!

PLUS a fashion show featuring looks by: LilacPOP Studio, Detroit RespectMatthew F Richmond The Paper Dress Code (And don't forget to bring a few extra bills as we'll be selling goods from the show at the event too!)

The event is free but be a pal and bring a $5 donation to support Operation: Kid Equip who provides backpacks and school supplies to local kids in need. It is a great cause, so join in and bring some cash to share!

****MAKE SURE: register with this link because joining the Facebook page doesn't secure your RSVP to this exclusive event!******

*****Please note you are not officially on the list until you get a confirmation email*****

"This event is only open to guests that are 21 years of age and older. Please remember to drink responsibly and designate a driver."
+FASH Fest 2013! 

On September 7th, at 11am-7pm 

Lilacpop Studio
Open Chair
David Philpot

Siana Treece
Negash Clothing and Footwear

The Decamp Sisters
Sin Hielo
Jack and the Bear

General admission Tickets and VIP packages available through:

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