Who needs Project Runway How two 12-year-old girls won fashion design contest with dress made of coffee filters
19:50 GMT, 28 March 2012
Quirky, off-beat franchise of fun and oddities, Ripley's Believe It or Not! has channelled Project Runway in its latest venture by bringing refuse to fashion in a contest to promote 'creative recycling'.
At an event titled 'Trashy Fashion Week' at the Ripley's museum in St Augustine, Florida, participants of all ages were invited to create and showcase an outfit made from items one might find in a rubbish bin.
Among the winning designs was a white off-the-shoulder dress made exclusively from paper coffee filters by two 12-year-olds, Analise Barnard and Amani Grant, that would have made the professionally trained reality stars of Bravo's hit show wince.
Believe it or not! The winner of Ripley's Trashy Fashion Week event under-12 division was a dress made from coffee filters made by two 12-year-olds Analise Barnard (pictured) and Amani Grant
The short, playful number, aptly named 'High Energy', was complimented by a headband, filter-embellished shoes and garbage bag cape, winning the two girls first place in the under-12 category.
Project runway has asked its contestants a number of times to use garbage as inspiration for the weekly challenge and on more than one occasion, filters have made an appearance on the catwalk.
Have you read the news today Teen winner Kennedy Trutger, 15 (left), made her dress entirely from newspapers while adult winner Masha Sardari, 17 (right), fashioned hers from paint brushes and brown paper
Analise Barnard modelled the flirty dress on behalf of the design duo on Saturday alongside a host of fashion hopefuls, many of whom were enrolled in arts or fashion programmes, a spokesman for Ripley's told Fashionista.
Though no doubt the plethora of press clips they will enjoy from their victory is reward enough, the girls received $100 in prize money and a further $100 from Ripley's who purchased the dress for exhibit in the museum.
And these are the professionals: Project Runway has on a number of occasions asked contestants to look to the rubbish bin or supermarket aisle for inspiration resulting in a number of coffee filter dresses
In the middle category for teens aged
13-17, Kennedy Trutger, 15, was the victor with an ensemble constructed
entirely from newspaper.
Filter fabric: A staple morning breakfast feature pre-conversion into couture piece
The sleeveless top was adorned with
flowers and ruffles all fashioned from cuttings while the skirt boasted
three tiers of pleated daily papers.
Top spot for 18-year-olds and older
contestants was stolen by Masha Sardari, 17, who had entered two designs and
won for her impressively chic knee-length paint brush gown.
A bodice made from discarded brushes was belted at the waist with a classically tailored brown paper bag A-line skirt.
Miss Sardari's second submission was a cocktail dress fashioned from a used shower curtain which we hope was washed before wearing.
Ripley's also offered the talented winners of each category 'four combo passes for Ripley’s museum, Red Trains, Ghost Train Adventure and Bayfront mini golf.'
We're guessing given the fashion savvy of these girls though, those prizes might be passed on to younger siblings.