Oscars Designer Challenge winner announced

on Wednesday,February 25,2009 22:02


While famous designers were preoccupied with outfitting the stars ahead of their walk down the red carpet, competition was strong among younger artists vying to design an original gown to be worn by an awards presenter during the live Oscar telecast.

In the end, up-and-coming designer Sam Kori George from Chicago was named the winner of the nationwide competition.

His dress, a strapless, form-fitting, platinum gown with handmade orchids adorning the lower right side, was worn by model Lauren Gish who was a presenter during the 81st Annual Academy Awards on February 22.

"I am honored and thrilled to win ''Oscars Designer Challenge.'' My dress is what I imagined an Oscar award escort should wear and I wanted to do justice to the magnitude of this event," said George. "My dream is to become the next household name as a designer."

George was one of seven finalists in the challenge, and his entry was chosen by voters in a nationwide online contest.

A couture designer from Chicago, Sam Kori George designs two original collections for fall/winter and spring/summer seasons using refined fabrics and timeliness as his creative guide.

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