Posted By: Katherine
We are so excited to introduce the five apparel design students that will be competing in our first Fashion Scholarship Contest, that will be held at the one and only Bespoke in Edina on February 7th. Cristina, Crystal, Reilly, Carolyn and Hannah were all recommended for this competition by their professors or administration within their respective college programs.
The whole contest was inspired by Project Runway and Sol Inspiration’s responsibility to educate apparel design students about responsible fashion. By putting perimeters on the designers we are challenging their comfort, which will hopefully push out really great design. The textiles for the contest (a real mess of fabrics, sheets, scarfs and remnants) were all purchased from thrift stores. We purchased the collection just a couple yards at a time and made a strong effort to have something for every style, taste, or design preference. Just around $200 was spent on the fabrics.
Due to the crazy schedules of the five designers we were unable to get them all together in order to do a proper ‘materials scramble’ like they do in Project Runway design challenges but we did something similar, we put out the collection of textiles and said pick a few items of cloth, don’t be greedy but make sure you have enough. Even though we only spent $2o0 on fabric we still had left overs after all five designers had taken their pick. We will let you know what cool things we do with the left overs.
Without further deferment we give you the five apparel design students that will be showcasing one responsible fashion inspired look at Bespoke on Feb. 7th for the chance to win a $500 scholarship.
Designers + Their Fabric Selections:
All of these women were enthusiastic about the challenge and will do a great job interpreting this challenge. This transformation of fabrics is sure to be engaging and educational for designers, Sol Inspirations staff and board, as well as observers at the event.
All of those who attend the Sol Inspiration’s Fashion Scholarship Contest will be given a scorecard and allowed the opportunity to vote on the winner design. It is true that one of these lucky students will get $500 towards their education but this experience will benefit each one of these women; it will build their portfolios, connect them with wonderful people, teach them about their design process and sustainable fashion initiatives.
We are incredibly excited to see how each designer manipulates the resources given to them. Bespoke Hair Artisans is a wonderful spacious salon that will house this exhibition beautifully. Lastly we would like to give a special shout out to Chloe Glarner and Jay & Anita of Design Collective, a big thank you for lending us your space for the fabric selection process!
See you at Bespoke on the 7th! 🙂