WHEELING – Artists from across West Virginia are being asked to use their imagination to create fashion from recycled and reused materials.
The West Virginia Re-Fashion Show, organized by the Recycling Coalition of WV, is set for Nov. 19 at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville, WV. It is of special interest to many in the Northern Panhandle as Brooke County artists have been especially successful in the competition during recent years, explained Rebecca Friend, director of the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority.
“I know Linsly did their own re-fashion show this year, and some of those students may go on to state competition,” she said. “This is a really fun way to get the word out about recycling, and a great way for kids to do things fun and creative.”
Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m., with the show starting at 1 p.m. Entries may be made by an individual or a group.
Participants will be divided into two age groups – those 13 and under, and those ages 14 and older. Three prizes will be awarded in each age category, with first place getting $250; second place, $100; and third place, $50.
Participants also can register to compete in three themed categories:
– Cosplay Comic-Con Challenge: Garments are made with reused or recyclable items in
a design which is inspired from characters in animated movies, comic books, live-action
films, television shows or video games. No functional props or weapons are allowed.
– Shopping Challenge: Garments and/or costumes are created with recycled items
found in a retail setting, including food court cups, bags, apparel tags, hangers, garment
bags, store promotional materials and broken jewelry.
– Newspaper Challenge: The majority of the garment must be made from newspapers.
– General Theme: Anything goes, in this category. Any other non-specific themed item will
be entered into the “General” category.
Friend recalls that in the past, Dollar Stores bags were refashioned to recreate the dress Elle wore in Beauty And The Beast. Another project used Taco Bell sauce packets to create a Mexican-themed dress.
Winners in each themed category get a $50 gift card.
Those with questions should call 304-414-1122, or email ReFashion@wvrecycles.org.
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