The 2014-2015 school year Student Contest, Play it Again, was a great success. To promote sustainability, the contest required our students to incorporate 90% repurposed materials to create their submissions. Each entry also included a write-up of the student’s process, inspiration, and materials. There is so much ingenuity and creativity that went into these contest garments. Students were inspired by articles of clothing from their closets, thrift stores, or garage sales that needed new life. A few students were even inspired by the talk that Michelle Paganini gave in February. Entrants drew design ideas from images of designer fashions in magazines, showcasing beautiful textiles, or even expressing memories. The Cañada College Fashion Design and Merchandising Department also encouraged our contest entrants to submit their designs for the Sustainable Living Recycled Fashion Design competition for the San Mateo County Fair. Last year we had a few winners at the fair. The top 3 winners were announced at our Department Tea, on Friday, May 15 and earned cash prizes!

First place and $150, went to Shana McCracken for her dress featuring repurposed neck ties. She gathered neck ties from her husband’s wardrobe and thrift stores. She even repurposed velcro from bedding packaging to secure the halter on the back of her neck.

Second place and $100, went to Christine Morse for her Giorgio Armani advertistment inspired ensemble. She used a black leather coat, a rabbit fur coat liner, and a sweater coat to create her three piece ensemble. Even the zipper used for the jacket was repurposed from her zipper collection!

Third place and $75, went to Alaina Erickson for her gown design featuring repurposed dictionary pages. She was inspired by mixed media style scrapbooking for her creation.

Honorable Mention went to Sheralee Beebe and her gown designed with repurposed men’s ties.

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