If you watch Project Runway, then you know what it means for designers to have to work on a budget, a specific amount of time and create runway ready attire all at one time. I recently had the pleasure of attending the Capitol Indie Collective in Sacramento. This unique fashion challenge is presented by the Sacramento Film Festival, Indie Blush Magazine, Sacramento Fashion Week and other small fiscal partnerships. Not only is this a non profit volunteer based event, but it supports a diverse culture of artists in addition to small business support.
The fashion challenge was the official kick off to the film festival which was held at The Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. The Crest Theatre is a historic theatre that originally opened in 1912 as the Empress Theatre, and at that time was used as a vaudeville palace. The point I am trying to make is that this historic theatre was the perfect back drop for this fashion challenge. This years theme was ‘Trashion” and the 3 designer contestants had 10 days, $50 budget and create a runway ready dress completely out of trash. They had to be able to sift through garbage in oder to find items they could contribute for the dress. Now, let me tell you, this is no ordinary task, but these 3 designers were ready for the challenge.
The show started with the first designer, Kimberly Lucero presenting her creation of a dark fantasy with a victorian influence. Her model Cassandra did an excellent job in portraying this dark, sort of evil princess. (Now remember, everything the dress was made from was found in the trash and hand created)The bottom of her dress was constructed out of a hoop from a skirt, the skirt portion of the dress was made from a red santa suit and vinyl, and cardboard paper accordion.
The second designer that presented was Frankie Vanity. She went for more of a Moulin Rouge look with her entire dress being created out of used coffee filters, coffee sacks and burlap bags, with most of which were given to her by Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, and Java City. There was so much work put into this dress due to the fact that everything was constructed by hand. The cutest thing was the hat, which was made out of paper cup.
The third designer Angela Martin chose to go a different route. Although she did create a runway ready dress, she found her inspiration out of water bottles. The majority of her dress was constructed out of water bottles and compact disks that were found from where? A trash can. Again, everything was done completely by hand.
The winner has the opportunity to win salon packages, a spread in Indie Blush Magazine, the opportunity to showcase a full collection in Sacramento Fashion Week 2015 and a clothing rack.
This competition again is to show the creativity of each of these aspiring designers and each of them deserved to win, but there could only be 1 winner of the challenge along with 1 winner of the audience choice award. The audience choice award went to Kimberly Lucero, with her dark fantasy creation. The Capital Indie Collective Fashion Challenge winner this year was Frankie Vanity with her Moulin Rouge dress created with everything coffee!
With different challenge themes each year, next year is sure to be even better!