A Vampire’s Diary: MERGE 2016

June 27, 2016

I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow. -Bela Lugosi

Before deciding on a career in Interior Design, I considered Fashion and Costume Design. I watched the hit show Project Runway religiously and I always thought it would be so much fun to be part of the competition. So, when I heard about the IIDA MERGE event, I jumped at the opportunity.

This was my first time participating and I had no idea what to expect. There were only three things I knew going in: this would be a Project Runway-esque competition, I would be working with a strong team, and out of 10 possible mythical creatures (the theme this year) we had drawn the Vampire.


The morning of the competition, our team of Tim Brown, Jennifer Carlson, Ginger Thompson, and Will Smith (all from my office); with Moira Camblin from VSP Global, Samantha Crosson from Patcraft, and Lisa Kalte from Shaw; met at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria and were assigned the materials we had to work with to create our look. We quickly came up with a design and got started. Each member of our team tackled a piece of the outfit; all eight people working together like different parts of a well-oiled machine. When the four-hour time limit was up, all pieces were complete and combined to form one outfit.


After a short break, it was time for me to change hats from designer to model. Two cosmetology students did my hair and makeup and two of my teammates helped with dressing and styling. Perhaps more importantly, though, they provided me with moral support before I hit the runway.

Finally, it was show time!


Our design centered around a big reveal. I started out in a sinister, floor length cloak. When the music hit the chorus, the cloak was thrown to the floor to reveal a sassy, three-piece ensemble. The articulating bat wings were the final stage and with that, tales of a vampire sighting in downtown Sacramento were born.


It was quite a night! What we created in such a short amount of time was amazing. I am proud of our incredible teamwork and the “transformation.” I had an absolute blast and am eagerly looking forward to MERGE 2017.

More images from this event, including the rest of the costumes, are here.