It's October, which means, for Boston's design community, it's Fashion Show time. The IIDA New England Fashion Show and Benefit Gala took place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Thursday night, October 12 and the Sasaki team was there to strut their stuff on the runway. Joining dozens of other firms and design schools in the area, Sasaki proudly displayed an interpretation of this year's theme, RITUAL, with the concept "Inferno." The three looks represented Fire, Ash, and Death.
The Sasaki team was inspired by fire’s use in a wide variety of rituals, from the remembrance of a lit candle or a funeral pyre, to the act of sacrifice itself. Drawing inspiration from pagan concepts, the team integrated animal characteristics into our looks, which depict phases of a fire sacrifice. Each look also incorporates skeletal elements, which are gradually exposed as the fire breaks down life. Feathers reference birds circling above impending death. The bug motif, seen mixed with triangles—a common symbol of various religions —has been incorporated throughout, as they are the catalyst for decay, creating raw materials of new life, as the ashes become one with the earth. "Needless to say, we think our looks were pretty hot," says Sasaki designer Meredith McCarthy.
Sasaki's team collaborated with great partners from Boston Modern Furniture, Camira, Arborite, and Richelieu to use their products and materials in new and exciting ways. Designs made use of plastic laminate, both in it’s final form, and the raw material layer of the paper which creates the varying images available. Using the paper layer allowed for more flexibility, and a wide variety of colors and textures in the looks. The designers even incorporated elements made in Sasaki's Fabrication Studio, laser cutting both forms, folding, taping, and even applying paper mâché. Upholstery fabrics are the foundation of the looks, and have been manipulated in non-traditional ways—unraveled wovens become mesh, and CNC-cut patterns ornament felted wools. Cabinet hardware is used as accent and accessory, providing contrasting texture.
A big congratulations to the team on another successful year: Julie Jaenicke, Helen Wu, Liz von Goeler, Cassandra Thompson, Kate Vanheusen, Colleen Barrett, Christiana Linera, Alex Desaulniers, Jen Imbaro, Minh Do, and Kathy Hunt.