Recycled Materials Meet Fashion

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Every year I make it a tradition to attend one of the most popular events at Festival of the Arts – Pageant of the Masters,  The Festival Runway Fashion Show. This innovative event was held on August 13 where artists compete to use reclaimed, reused or recycled materials to create the most inspired couture.  The Festival exhibitors included painters and jewelry makers. There were five categories that were presented to the artists in this “Project Runway” like event. They were “Most Innovative Use of Materials“, “Most Creative Concept“, “Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation“, “Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor”, and the “People’s Choice Award” where festival visitors had the opportunity to cast their votes.

The recycled materials that were used were candy wrappers, cardboard boxes,  black Nespresso spoons, plastic bags, VHS tapes, dry cleaning hangers and more. This year’s event was hosted by Golden Globe nominee Joely Fisher also best known for her role in the 90s TV show Ellen. The three-panel judges consist of ’80s super model and fashion correspondent on Good Morning America, Kim Alexis; Laguna Beach Art Commissioner Suzi Chauvel and Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy.

Actress Joely Fisher hosted the event

Actress Joely Fisher hosted the event

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Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation and People’s Choice Award by Adam Neeley. The gown is made from more than 8,000 feet of VHS tape with a dramatic black headdress made from feathers and dry cleaning hangers.

Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation and People’s Choice Award by Adam Neeley. The gown is made from more than 8,000 feet of VHS tape with a dramatic black headdress made from feathers and dry cleaning hangers.

 Most Innovative Use of Materials by John Tolle. The outfit is a donated dress which made up of Nespresso coffee capsules with a skirt made from cardboard boxes.

Most Innovative Use of Materials by John Tolle. The outfit is a donated dress which made up of Nespresso coffee capsules with a skirt made from cardboard boxes.

Most Creative Concept by artist Mariana Nelson. Outfits were made of dry cleaning bags with twisted red newspaper bags

Most Creative Concept by artist Mariana Nelson. Outfits were made of dry cleaning bags with twisted red newspaper bags.

Super model Kim Alexis with Charles and Spencer

Super model Kim Alexis with Charles and Spencer

Ruchel Freibrun popbuff blogger with super model Kim Alexis

Ruchel Freibrun popbuff blogger with super model Kim Alexis

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