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Fashion competition winner heads to design school

on Monday,February 02,2009 22:02

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The winner of a recently announced fashion competition has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to study fashion design.

Elisabeth Acosta, currently a high school senior, will attend the Miami International University of Art & Design after she won the first prize at The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition 2009 held in January in New York City.

The winning garment design featured an off-white cocktail dress made of three different silk fabrics with an organza bubble skirt and racer back. The young designer was influenced by French artwork and architecture while working on the project.

Other winning entries included an "eco-friendly" handbag concept utilizing car upholstery to produce a useable and trendy product which won the first prize in the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Fashion Retail Management category.

"We were extremely impressed by this year''s entries," said Bruce E. Dempsey, vice president and academic affairs specialist for The Art Institutes. "It''s clear that an incredible amount of time, research and talent went into the creation of the entries into this year''s competition."

The competition is open to high school seniors from the U.S. and Canada, and it goal is to discover, encourage and promote young fashion talent.
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