Designers Turn Rejects into Runway Couture

Examples of previously reimagined garments at the Festival of Arts' fashion show.

Festival of Arts exhibitors team up or go solo at the Festival Runway Fashion Show from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, showcasing their “green” designs.

Extra TV correspondent Jerry Penacoli will host, while Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin will join two other judges in deciding which designs, crafted with at least 80% of reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials, are this season’s hottest.

Returning to the competition are artists Brad Elsberry, Dagmar Chaplin and Adam Neeley (last year’s first, second and third place winners, respectively).

Neeley’s creative use of chicken feathers for a posh frock and Chaplin’s reinvention of plastic grocery bags for a medieval gown won wide admiration from judges and crowds alike, but everyone was taken by Elsberry’s dramatically visionary use of eucalyptus bark from the very tree that stood beside his booth at the Festival of Arts.

Also participating are artists Bruce Burr, Rick Graves, Troels Larsen, Janet Lewis and others.

Following the trash couture is a celebrity meet-and-greet evening from 7 to 8 p.m. with the cast of the CBS show “Criminal Minds,” including Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster.

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m., join the artists who created the fashion statements in a discussion about re-imagining fashion for the final Art Talk discussion of the season. See their creations up close.

All events are free with Festival of Arts admission; $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and students.


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