On September 23, Goodwill hosted the 2016 Design Challenge that showcased the work of design students from a number of local colleges. By popular demand, this year the Goodwill Design Challenge became its own judged runway event with the top ranking designers winning the opportunity to display their work on the runway at the Goodwill Glitter Gala on October 15, 2016.
The student designers created their looks with reused materials—with the exception of sewing essentials and footwear—gathered during a 20 minute shopping spree at the Seattle Goodwill Outlet. Each designer was challenged to create a look that was inspired by the Glitter Gala theme: Take Root & Bloom.
The runway show was judged by a panel of fashion experts who selected winners in the categories of Best Use of Material and Best Interpretation of Theme. The top designers moved on to the Glitter Gala runway to compete for the Audience Choice award.
Audience Favorite & Best Use of Materials: Kevin Shu
Best Interpretation of the Theme: Rebecca Bartenetti
Finalists Appearing at the Glitter Gala:
Luna Kamar Abdi | Rebecca Bartenetti | Deneen Elmore | Lauren Gibbons | Maria Rossana Muir | Kevin Shu
Enjoy the fashion show video and check out photos of the entire runway fashion show:
No-Sew Refashion Contest
A No-Sew Refashion Contest was also added to the event this year, giving attendees a unique opportunity to participate in the runway drama. All materials for their looks—with the exception of sewing essentials and footwear—came from office supplies and other sundries provided by Goodwill.
Congratulations to the winners, MJ Kelly and Julia Logan Trimarco of Team Fancy Pants, who received a prize package valued at $500 that included a Goodwill gift card and two tickets to attend the Glitter Gala.
Special Thanks to:
Teresa Olson, Garment Critique & Mentor
Mark Sanchez, Garment Critique & Mentor
Alysse Bryson, Judge, King5/NBC
Lei Ann Shiramizu, Judge, Momo
Natalie Shults, Judge, Nordstrom Inc.
Colleen Williams, Judge, Seattle Met
Hamilton Lardizabal and the Seattle Goodwill Outlet Staff
Paula Shelkin, Art Institute of Seattle
Goodwill Special Event Volunteers
Design Challenge Prizes & Refreshments Donated By:
Goodwill Design Challenge Participants
|Luna Kamar Abdi*||Art Institute of Seattle||Sky Jordan King||Seattle Central College|
|Kristen Anderson||Art Institute of Seattle||Kendra Ladd*||Sanford-Brown College|
|Annie Ando||Seattle Central College||Janelle Love||Seattle Central College|
|Rebecca Bartenetti*||Sanford-Brown College||Clare Mason*||Seattle University|
|Allie Boehm*||Seattle Central College||Quaashie McClinton||Sanford-Brown College|
|Claire Cosby||Art Institute of Seattle||Maria Rossana Muir*||Art Institute of Seattle|
|Megan Dhuyvetter||Art Institute of Seattle||Nigel Patch||EDX|
|Paula Ding*||Seattle Central College||Joshua Regan||Seattle Central College|
|Deneen Elmore*||Art Institute of Seattle||Natalie Shih*||Cornish College of the Arts|
|Lauren Gibbons*||Seattle Central College||Kevin Shu*||Art Institute of Seattle|
|Laura Harris||Seattle Central College||Julia Stone||Seattle Central College|
|Victoria Heeman*||Art Institute of Seattle||Sydney Tucker||Seattle Central College|
|Silas James*||Cornish College of the Arts||Marianne Williams*||Art Institute of Seattle|
|Emma Kaufman||Cornish College of the Arts||Isela Zavala||Art Institute of Seattle|