OSU Apparel Design Wins Awards at “Dumpsters to Diamonds”

March 28th, 2011

This March marked the 21st Annual Recycled Fashion Show put on by the Oregon State University Fashion Organization in collaboration with design class 208, Recyclemania, and KBVR. Fifty OSU students from various majors modeled a total of 65 designs to a crowd of over 530 people. In this year’s show, titled “Dumpsters to Diamonds,” outfits featured were made from any and all recyclable materials and secondary uses of everyday items in unique and fashionable ways, including onion bags, pop can tabs, and ex-boyfriends t-shirts.

The Best in Show Award was given to Apparel Design senior Jessie Curry who used cardboard, pheasant feathers, and left over materials from the Design and Human Environment sewing lab. She plans to show the design at the Recyceled Fashion Show in Portland on April 28th. Curry says “…[I] am really excited that the Fashion Organization decided to organize one. I think it’s a great idea to spread the word about or DHE department and all its students!”

Best in Show Winner JessieCurry

Best in Show Winner JessieCurry

Most Creative Use of Materials Award Winner Megan Amadon

Most Creative Use of Materials Award Winner Megan Amadon

Another unique design, and also winner of the Most Creative Use of Materials Award, was created by Apparel Design junior Megan Amadon. Her dress consisted of a top made from flattened footballs and a bottom from Astro-Turf. Growing up around football and a fan of the sport, the design came to her in a dream and took 4 weeks to complete. Amadon, along with Curry and other OSU students, will be taking her masterpiece to Portland as well.

See for yourself the unique, creative, and recyclable designs in a video of the 2011 OSU Recycled Fashion Show.

As a consistently ranked campus sustainability leader in the nation, events like this helps support and promote OSU’s movements towards being as sustainable as possible while showing off the hard work and great minds of our students. Congrats to the OSU Fashion Organization for a successful and fun campus event. GO BEAVERS!


The Design and Human Environment program at OSU offers degrees in Apparel Design, Interior Design, and Merchandising Management. For more information visit their website!

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