Introducing Fall 2013 Competing Students

Posted by: Katherine Price




This fall Sol Inspirations has teamed up with Textile Center and we are putting on a fall fashion show in the theme of Eco – Fashion. The show is October 27th, so I hope you all can make it. For those of you that were at our last big fashion extravaganza in the spring of 2012 at Bespoke Hair Artisans, you might remember our Student Scholarship Competition, we are proud to say it was the nation’s first eco-fashion scholarship! Well, we are bringing it back for round two! At 4pm on October the 27 seven students will showcase outerwear garments that they have been working on for weeks to the drove of fashion lovers that will be judging them. Yes, everyone who attends the show will be able to vote on which student’s outerwear garment that they like best and the student with the most votes by the time the runway show starts will win a $500 scholarship!




Natasha Bame is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Design at St. Kate’s, she already holds a BA in Sculpture from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, currently works in marketing. Natasha has made several coats that are in her portfolio, it’s possible that could give her a leg up on the competition. Some of the designers might be sewing their first coat ever for this challenge.


Natasha Bame's Outerwear Sketch

Natasha Bame’s Outerwear Sketch


The rest of Natasha's materials

The rest of Natasha’s materials

In one of Natasha’s update emails she wrote, “I am making such divine progress and am super giddy for the event!” In the same email Natasha shared with us her sketch the reads, “Wearing the Seasons on My Sleeve.”



Stacie Yokiel has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, major in Art and a minor in Psychology. Now she is currently attending MCTC for an Apparel Technologies Diploma. Stacie’s experience includes being an industrial sewer and a design assistant. For this competition Stacie purchased two different men’s coats that she plans to transform into this beautiful sketch.


Stacie Yokiel's Sketch

Stacie Yokiel’s Sketch


Ariel Warne is set to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with her apparel degree, in 2013 she has already been in three different fashion shows, and she even studied abroad in London in 2012. When the students applied for this competition they all submitted an essay about sustainable fashion: Here is an admirable quote from Ariel’s paper, “My goal in the future is to open a sewing studio and employ people locally (in MN), rather than outsource jobs and use so much energy to transport goods across the world.”


Ariel Warne's Sketch

Ariel Warne’s Sketch



Allise Prew is a student at the University of Minnesota who is working on an Apparel Design major and a Retail Merchandising minor. Allise works at Lula Vintage in St. Paul and she was also a Prop and Costume Intern at The Children’s Museum of Minnesota. Allise has been in a number of fashion shows including Aveda’s Institute Catwalk for Water 2013 and Go Red for Women Fashion Show. For this competition Allise is using


Catherine Huss is technically a student at University of St. Thomas she is getting a degree in Catholic Studies and Apparel Design so she attends classes at St. Kate’s. Catherine was lucky enough to attend a high school that offered sewing classes, where she took six, and she interned at a start-up fashion brand. For Catherine’s coat she had the brilliant idea of using a discarded tent, so she contact different sportswear brands and obtained two tents that will be transformed into her submission for the scholarship contest.


Catherine's Coat Sketch

Catherine’s Coat Sketch

Catherine's Materials

Catherine’s Materials


Hannah Johnson has been sewing since she was 8 years old, and when she was a junior in high school she won the Minnesota State Fair 4-H Revue Fashion Show. Currently Hannah is working at her school, St. Kate’s, Theater Department as a Costume Shop Worker. Hannah’s materials for this competition came from her grandmother’s collection of fabrics and nuances.


Hannah's Grandmother's Collection of Materials

Hannah’s Grandmother’s Collection of Materials

The Fabrics Hannah Selected

The Fabrics Hannah Selected



These six young ladies are sure to put on a great show Sunday evening so if you haven’t already, it time to get your tickets: Brown Paper Tickets 

RSVP on Facebook: Sol Inspirations’ Third Annual Eco Fashion Show Event Page And don’t forget to Tweet, Instagram, Check-In at the Textile Center and invite your friends to the show!


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