|Kennedy Trugter newspaper dress|
The challenge for this fantasy fashion show was simple; take what would ordinarily be trash and turn it into fashion and artistic treasure as a way to promote creative recycling.
Analise Barnard and co-designer Amani Grant won first prize in the twelve and under division for their dress entitled “High Energy.” The party dress and headband were created entirely from coffee filters. The over-the-shoulder mini dress model entered the catwalk partially concealing the gown with a cape made of trash bags. The cape was shed and the amazing dress revealed. The two won $100 for their efforts and Ripley’s paid them another $100 to acquire the dress.
Kennedy Trugter, age 15, won the student prize of $100 for her party dress made entirely out of newspaper. The sleeveless top was adorned with newspaper flowers and ruffles, while the skirt was triple-tiered with hundreds of pleated paper sections. Ripley’s also acquired this dress for an additional $100.
The 17 and up category was won by Masha Sardari, who had two entries. The first was a formal, knee length gown made from used paint brushes and paper bags. Her second entry was a cocktail dress made from a used shower curtain. Ultimately, it was her first gown that took the prize. She too won $100 and Ripley’s acquired the dress for display for another $100.
Other entries included dresses made from magazines, bottle caps, grocery bags, paper cups, snack wrappers, trading cards and magazines.
In the art competition, Evan Rachelle won the youth division for his artwork entitled “A Bucket of Crayola” which was created from old, melted crayons on canvas. The sculpture “Full of It” won best overall and was the creation of Stephanie Seivert and Abby Solaun, both 16. “Full of It” was a life sized sculpture of a man created from packing tape, magazines and cardboard.
ABOUT RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (http://www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 12 million people visit its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries each year. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.