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Fashion designers make second-hand couture

on Friday,October 02,2009 21:10

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Most fashion designers don''t often prefer to work with pre-worn materials, but that''s precisely what''s happening this month as students in Southern California have the chance to design previously owned fashions as part of a re-design competition sponsored by Goodwill.

Participants in the design competition dubbed Trunk to Funk each received $25 vouchers to Goodwill thrift stores with which to buy their materials and two weeks to produce at most two eye-catching ensembles, with the three winning designs to be announced later this month.

"Doing an eco-friendly fashion (design contest) applies to the mission of Goodwill," says Richard Guise, director of Public Relations and Development for Goodwill of Southern Los Angeles County. "Goodwill has recycled clothes for 80 years."

Of the various entries received from design students of all ages for this competition, judges have narrowed the field down to 15 finalists whose creations will be judged again on October 8.

The top three entries will receive scholarships from Goodwill SOLAC, with first place taking home $500 to help fund their academic pursuits.
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