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Creativity rules at 4th annual Runway Repurposed competition, benefitting the Howell Opera House

The creativity flowed as 30 talented designers and their models walked the runway to showcase their inspiring repurposed fashions at the 4th annual Runway Repurposed on Sunday at the Howell, High School.

The imagination and resourcefulness was clearly evident as each original garment, made within one month from recycled clothing, was spotlighted on the runway. An audience of over 200 applauded the creative talents and ingenuity of each designer and the variety of designs and styles. The event was sponsored by Alterations by Rozi, Le Boutique Upscale Resale, Carriage House Designs, and Cooper & Binkley Jewelers.

A panel of judges chose the winners by a point system based on sense of style in design, creativity, originality, quality of workmanship, use of materials, and overall impression of design and presentation.

Awards were presented to:

Young Beginners (age 12 and under):

1st place            Ashley Hann, Howell

2nd place            Samantha McGrain, Howell

Beginner Student:

1st place  —  Maddie May Kroll, Howell

2nd place — Andrea Bonomo, Brighton

Beginner Adult:

1st place  — Rebecca Ross, Brighton

2nd place — Sara Lanave, Howell

Advanced:

1st place — Lori Dodds, Linden

2nd place — Karen Rex, Fenton

Top Ten:

Lori Dodds, Karen Rex, Maddie Kroll, Judy Lividini, Erica Minton, Rebecca Ross, Sara Lanave, Jessica Bibbee, Lindsay Suminski, and Emily Matticks.

In addition, a People’s Choice award was given to Lori Dodds based on votes from the audience.

A silent auction for the finished garments during a meet-and-greet intermission gave the audience an opportunity to speak to the designers, get a close up view of each dress, and cast their bid for their favorite.

Runway Repurposed, a unique program combining the art of fashion design and the use of recycled clothing, is an annual fundraiser of the Livingston Arts Council to benefit the Howell Opera House.

For more photos, check out the 2012 Runway Repurposed Facebook page.

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