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Fashion Art Santa Cruz Artwear Contest 2014

Fashionart introWe have a winner!

We received your entries and you - our Good Times readers - have chosen your favorite fashionart design!

Let us just say, the response was TREMENDOUS. Thank you to everyone who took the time to review our fabulous entries and vote! We appreciate your comments below - and if you do a quick - unscientific - tally, you can probably guess who are WINNER is.....(drum roll)


Who knew you could transform red plastic cups and garbage bags into a GORGEOUS runway fashionart gown?

You can catch this year's winning design at the 9th Annual FashionARTSantaCruz fashion show on Sunday, September 20 at the Civic Auditorium in downtown Santa Cruz. Tickets are on sale now. Find out more at

Our winner's creation will be the FIRST design to saunter down the runway. The designer also receives DINNER FOR TWO at a local restaurant plus four tickets to FashionARTSantaCruz.

THANK YOU to all the talented, creative, awe-inspiring designers who shared your work of art with us. You have made our contest a success.

Now for a last look at our wonderful entries....


The Entries

Entry #1 

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Is made from denim jean scraps. The bodice front is made from jean yokes and the back is made from waistbands. The skirt is made from strips of denim.

Entry #2

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fashionart KittyPelhamBush2

Is made from used store gift cards and old credit cards. Each circle piece is 1/2 inch wide and punched with a single-punch industrial strength hole punch and then again four times with a smaller size to make holes for the jump rings (that are also wound and cut) that hold the pieces together.~It is inspired by both chain maille construction and flapper style.






Entry #3

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The designer upcycled her daughter's cap and gown to create the fashion you see here. She altered the original gown by changing the dominant color, adding more fabric to the sleeves and  lightweight fabric wrapping and styrofoam to the hat to add height. 








Entry #4 ------ WINNER!!

entry4The designer made the skirt out of chicken wire and red plastic cups. She cut the cups in half and wired each half onto the chicken wire frame. The top is made out of black trash bags. It is sewn and pleated with a sewing machine.








Entry #5

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The piece is hand dyed, designed and constructed by the artist. The dye method is called shibori-wrapped. It's a Japanese traditional method of resist dyeing to create a pattern; it is dipped into an indigo vat several times to create the deep blue, then the fabric is draped to fit the model and the dress is sewed. The kimono pieces are also dyed, including the red silk lining and trim. The fronts, back and sleeves are separately shibori wrapped, dipped into indigo vat, then the pieces are plunged into a blue fiber reactive dye to create the light blue background. The kimono was also draped and fitted to the model, then the piece was constructed. The indigo is plant based and there are indigo plants growing outside the designer's studio. Late this fall she will be fermenting home grown indigo.



Entry #6

fashionart glenxx

fashionart glenusethis

A show-piece, over-garment made from leather, metal, rivets and chain. Leather pieces are placed between two layers of metal and held together with rivets.







 Entry #7

Oberon Alexander design- front

Oberon Alexander design-back

The artist designed this Egyptian-inspired art/fashion dress with nylon organza and cotton fabric. It also boasts a hand-painted ankh collar and faux-leather partial belt, lace-up back, real sand surrounding the base and silver-painted scarabs made from Sculpy. 






 Entry #8 - Headdresses

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fashionart Leah Seidl4fashionart LeahSeidl3fashionart LeahSeidl2 The Headdresses incorporate upcycled materials and hand-gathered natural seeds into the designs. Many components are from thrift stores and "treasure hunting." The headdresses and wigs combine braiding, jewelry, chain-work, and creative use of natural materials among other techniques and materials.







Comments (46)Add Comment
Number 7
written by Artist Realm, September 02, 2014
I vote for #7!
Former Fashion Consultant
written by Morgan Bates, September 02, 2014
Number 7 is truly creative and beautiful. My daughter would look gorgeous in it.
written by Cheryl Dowd, September 01, 2014
Number 4!!
written by Cheryl Dowd, September 01, 2014
Love the shape and colors! ! Bringing the class to the trash :)
written by HwagnerJ, September 01, 2014
#4 has sophistication from unusual sources. Love it!
written by Kelly Dilloughery, September 01, 2014
Number 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!
written by Harold, August 30, 2014
Number 3 is the best piece of true fashion art! What a great concept!
written by JColonna, August 27, 2014
#4 for sure! Excellent.
I vote for #7
written by Mercia de Melo, August 25, 2014
Very artistic! Beautiful!
written by Cherylann, August 24, 2014
While I thought that they were all very creative I just loved the flow, colors and the design of number 7.
Love it
written by Patricia Jiral, August 24, 2014
I love number 7. I could wear that.
written by Sonja, August 23, 2014
#3!!!!!!!! How refreshing it is to see a graduation gown that has no ties to conformity! Individuality is the key to success grads! What an applicable use of recycled materials from around the house; truly a unique and eccentric spin on an outfit with a fabulous message of independence of mind! A cohesive and stunning work of high fashion! Fabulous job #3!!!
written by Donnyl, August 23, 2014
#7 is so beautiful ! That's my vote.
Red Solo Cup
written by Jenny Marini, August 23, 2014
Number 4's creativity inspired a dress that is vibrant, eye-catching and powerfully feminine.
written by Lisa Johnson-Firth, August 23, 2014
Great job No. 7! Love it. Beautiful fabric and interesting bodice.
written by Heidi Marimi, August 22, 2014
Very fun and creative!
Red Solo Cup! I'll dress you up!
written by Jenny Marini, August 22, 2014
Number 4 is beautiful, vibrant, and powerfully feminine!
written by Santa Cruz , August 22, 2014
I love #4!
Number 7
written by Rex Schirmer, August 22, 2014
This garment from a male perspective brings out the feminine in the wearer through its elegant style,
Form fitting design and creative use of materials. Let's see more from this designer.
written by Susanna Waddell, August 22, 2014
I vote for # 5
written by Robyn C , August 22, 2014
I vote for #7; I love the colors and elegance of this piece!
written by Lighthouse field, August 22, 2014
I love #4!
written by Natalya Miller, August 21, 2014
Number 3!!!!!
written by Meggin, August 21, 2014
Entry 4 best by far
number 7
written by Koda, August 21, 2014
Number 7 is elegant yet not extreme. It's wearable fashion. It's the best
written by Joshua, August 21, 2014
Number 4 all the way! Elegant!!!
written by Dorie Barrett, August 21, 2014
I vote for number 7. It is gorgeous, uses unique materials (I mean- sand??) and is very WEARABLE, which I think is a most important consideration. Fashion is made to be sold
and no one will buy it if they are not going to wear it.

written by Fisza, August 21, 2014
So many great ideas, but I think that the one that stands out the most in my mind is #7. It's a runner up with the cups, but still my favorite:)
written by ....., August 21, 2014
definitely number 3! best use of materials.. what else are you gonna do with an old cap and gown?
Entry 4!
written by Ana B, August 21, 2014
written by Georgia , August 21, 2014
written by reolabranch, August 21, 2014
I vote for Entry #4
written by Corrina Dilloughery, August 21, 2014
Very Creative!
Number 4!!!!!
written by Karina, August 21, 2014
Vote number 4!!!!!!!
written by Elsie Cano, August 21, 2014
#3 for my vote :-)
Number 7 is gorgeous elegance!
written by Birdie, August 21, 2014
Wow, what a stunner! This one gets my vote!
written by #4, August 21, 2014
What a great use for all those cups that would otherwise end up in the trash!
written by Maura salado, August 21, 2014
I vote for #4 very creative !!
written by K.Leigh , August 21, 2014
I vote # 4! ..... Amazing!!!
written by Cristina Lupano, August 21, 2014
I voted 4. This dress is incredibly feminine and elegant. Not an easy task to achieve with hard materials like plastic cups, chicken wire and plastic bags. Only someone with a great sense of style could have incorporated all those materials in something so beautiful.
written by Lynette Jaquez, August 21, 2014
#3 got my vote!!
Egyptian Beauty
written by Lilia Fontanilla, August 21, 2014
I vote for # 7! ~ The colors are bright and captivating and the dress itself looks like it would fit comfortably and bring a lot of lovely attention to it. The design is unique and brings out little pieces of Egypt for everyone to see. I especially like the wings on the scarab belt and the way the designer put in real elements like sand on the base of the dress. Simply powerful!
written by cheryl hannon, August 21, 2014
I vote 7 well done ...
written by Mike Bravo, August 21, 2014
I vote #3
Number 7!
written by MichelleO, August 21, 2014
Number 7 is lovely!
written by Suzan Mark, August 21, 2014
I vote for #5. I am enchanted by the gracefulness and elegance of entry #5, the indigo hand-dyed 2-piece dress with kimono. I love the natural pattern the hand-dyeing creates and the flashes of red. Nice!

My 2nd place would be the headdresses, #8, they look like they are well-balanced and would be easy to wear. Very dramatic!

3rd would be #2, the perfect use for credit cards! It looks like it moves well on the body.

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