Fashion Show Winners Turn Trash into Treasure
Haley Behnfeldt’s cardboard dress was named the winner by EMU. Her dress was composed of a cardboard corset in “scale shapes” with a tea-length accordion skirt made from magazine pages. Behnfeldt, who begins her freshman year at Columbus College of Art and Design in the fall, has been interested in fashion for a long time. She made her junior prom dress out of sleeping bag zippers.
“Every girl starts off drawing in fourth or fifth grade,” said Behnfeldt. “I’ve just kept it up.”
Behnfeldt decided to enter the contest at last minute when her youth leader told her about it. She asked her good friend, Rachel Bowman, to walk down the runway in her design.
“It’s kind of hard to fit it to yourself,” said Behnfeldt. “[Bowman] was like my mannequin – I could just take the project by the reins. I loved working with such a good friend.”
Bowman, who will a senior at Archbold High School in Ohio, said the dress was surprisingly comfortable to wear.
“It was fun to walk out to such a big production,” said Bowman. “I was glad to be able to show off such a great dress.”
Behnfeldt was surprised by the win because she put together her dress soon before convention.
“I saw all the other beautiful dresses and thought I should have started six months ago,” said Behnfeldt. “But I was so proud to be a part of (the show).”
Sophia Mast of Lancaster, Pa., was voted the winner on EMU’s Facebook page. Encouraged by her friends, Mast decided to enter the show and began her project earlier this summer.
The dress she made was created from TIME and National Geographic magazines, gathered at the waist, and had magazine page flowers for decoration. Designing and planning the project was Mast’s favorite part of the process.
“I’ve always liked planning outfits,” said Mast. “It was fun to be able to display my creativity.”
Both winners believe in the importance of turning trash into fashion.
“This is a good way to be resourceful,” said Behnfeldt. “It gives use to the stack of magazines I keep for no reason.”