The 2018 Runway
Featured Student Designers
RUNWAY PHOTOS: ALEX BUTTERFIELD
For the 2018 Eco Fashion Design Challenge designers selected an inspirational theme for their garments, based on an element of sustainability outside of fashion. The 2018 theme selections included local organizations that are tackling issues on water, energy, agriculture, technology, and food waste.
In this project runway style competition, designers took their clothing design beyond the limits of fabric, utilizing only found materials destined for the landfill, all while including sustainable practices and philosophies into their runway ready looks.
Eco Fashion Design Challenge Winner:
University of Minnesota
Inspired by closed-loop systems in farming, Asyia's garment explores the idea of biodegradable garments that can return to the earth in a timely manner, thus reducing textile waste while simultaneously replenishing the earth. Her look utilized plant-based materials including corn husks, with the base layered in coffee grounds and living mosses.
People's Choice Award Winner:
Designer: Erin Conners
Iowa State University
Designing her look utilizing "food waste", Erin's garment was constructed out of natural fibers, using seeds to dye her fabric, and carving avocado pits for buttons, to create an exquisite plant-based ready to wear outfit.