It doesn’t get much more real than this. Last week six students from the Fashion Design and Clothing careers class at the CEC Middle College participated in the Good Exchange for Change Fashion Show sponsored by Goodwill. The show, fashioned after those you see on reality TV such as Project Runway, challenged the young women to create a little blue dress by repurposing items purchased at Goodwill stores. Their budget—$25. These up-and-coming designers used everything from bed sheets and scrap materials to unwanted, donated clothing to come up with their original designs.
Working with several local designers over the course of approximately six weeks, the CEC students, as well as six others from the Denver School of the Arts, worked tirelessly on their works of art. In the end, the two schools came together in a head-to-head competition for the top three places and an overall school winner.
Hoping to continue CEC’s winning tradition—last year’s first place winner was from the school—the ladies unfortunately came up short. Nonetheless, they displayed design talent beyond their years and showed the audience that they are young women to keep an eye on.
Participating in this contest exposed the students to the true pressures and assessment of working in the fashion design field, tested their creativity and challenged their poise under pressure. With all that on the line, CEC students performed with confidence and enthusiasm.
Watch the video of the event and keep their names in the back of your mind, because someday their designs could be in the front of your closet.