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Park District Holds Inaugural Recycled Fashion Show

Apr 26, 2016 07:35AM ● By Steven Jack

The Oswegoland Park District hosted its first Project Greenway Recycled Fashion Show on April 22. This show featured designs that were made of primarily recycled and repurposed materials. Designers of all ages created accessories or runway looks.

This year, the three judges were Patti Bridge, a fashion teacher at Oswego High School, Angela Sharbert, a fashion teacher at Oswego East High School, and Nicole Weiler, a college representative for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. 

They critiqued all entries and community members attending the event had the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Accessory. The Limelight Theatre Company’s new improve group, Fries With That?, entertained the crowd while they judges deliberated.

In the Accessories category, winners were: Best of Show, “Coffee Bag” by Anita Sheidecker, Most Wearable, “Maxi Skirt Necklace” by Renee Niederkorn, Most Avante Garde, “God’s Garden” by Tessa Melton, Most Innovative Use of Recycled Materials, “Coffee Bag” by Anita Sheidecker, & People’s Choice, “Coffee Bag” by Anita Sheidecker. Also featured was “Patterned Purse Designs”, by Addisyn Rock.

In the Runway Looks category, winners were: Best of Show, “Feathered Pencil Skirt” by Renee Niederkorn, Most Wearable, “Feathered Pencil Skirt” by Renee Niederkorn, Most Avante Garde, “Dots n Stripes” by Pam Capra, & Most Innovative Use of Recycled Materials, “Garden Delight” by Lydia Oker. Also featured were “Modern Mermaid” by Gabriela Ramirez, “The Knot-Cocktail Dress” by Renee Niederkorn, “Flowers of Spring” by Brooke Cullifer, & “Mother Nature” by Gray Anderson.

Winning designs are on display at the Oswego Public Library’s downtown campus. Best of Show winners received a cash prize, and other awards received jewelry donated from Popcan Jewelry, who makes pieces from “up-cycled” beverage cans.

All winners also received a recycled ribbon.

Many thanks to all of the artists who have shared their talents for this event! The Oswegoland Park District along with the fashionistas in attendance are already looking forward to next year’s show.

Kristie Vest, Special Events Supervisor, Oswegoland Park District