Posted By: Katherine Price
Last Thursday Sol Inspiration and Bespoke Hair Artisans pulled off a ground breaking event – SOL’s (and the nation’s) first ever Eco-Fashion Scholarship Contest, it would not have been possible with out the help of many wonderful souls!
Officially called the Sol Inspirations’ Fashion Scholarship and Benefit was an event hosted by Bespoke in Edina that gave five Apparel Design students the chance to compete for a $500 scholarship! As an organization, SOL has a mission to foster the development of Minnesota’s design talent towards a sustainable focus, this contest gave these students a rewarding opportunity to tangibly execute responsible fashion.
The rules of this fashion face-off were simple, use the fabrics provided by SOL to create a garment. The fabrics were hand selected at different thrift shops, to promote the upcycling and reusing of different materials, the assortment of fabrics was then showcased to the designers. The whole scenario resembled a Project Runway type situation. We then introduced the designers to our followers in a previous blog and waited patiently while the designers made their looks.
On February 7th all the attendees of the event voted for the designer that they thought should win the contest and $500 scholarship. Before casting their ballots we encourage people to walk around the space and speak with each designer, give the students a chance to sell or defend their work. This aspect of the contest was very conscious because putting people face to face helps consumers make the connection that a person created this clothing with their hands, it didn’t just magically appear. We believe that the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ situation allows factories to get away with their fatal conditions, when you put someone in front of another person and they connect in a human way that is when change starts to happen.
Our competition’s winner was Crystal Compton, a student at the University of Minnesota. Her garment was worn by model Kaitlin Barnaby, whom you might have seen at other SOL events. The garment was simple with a modest silhouette and delicate details. She was genuinely excited and very sweetly accepted the award from the President of SOL Alex Detrick.
Our runner up Designer Carolyn McIntyre, from MCTC with her daughter and model for the event. Carolyn won a gift card to Bespoke Hair Artisans.
All of the designers did an amazing job, those who attended did not have an easy task. Sol Inspiration would like to say a big thank you to all of the generous brands that made donations and all of the people who helped out at the event itself. This event would not have been a success without all of the wonderful people who helped out, so look at the pictures – share them with your friends, share our page and follow us on twitter!
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