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Recycle Fashion Show fundraiser set

September 16, 2018

Keep Odessa Beautiful and Odessa Arts will co-host the fourth annual 2018 Recycle Fashion Show on Sept. 21 at The Rose Building, 415 N. Grant Ave.

The event challenges participants as young as 8 years old to design fashion creations using reused or recyclable materials. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward supporting KOB programs.

“We want to encourage people to recycle, it’s important for our environment, but we wanted to find something that would also be fun,” said Claudia Ortega, KOB interim executive director.

Thirty participants will use their creativity and showcase their designs on models down the runway. Last year, styles ranged from dresses made from magazines, copper pennies and plastic water bottles to a repurposed outfit made of men’s ties and another of crepe paper.

“It’s just exciting to see what the community comes up with and it also educates them on how this stuff can be reused,” Ortega said.

A panel of judges will select a first, second and third place winner for cash prizes. Contestants will be judged on how they best display their ability to reduce, reuse and/or recycle. Project Runway season 11 designer Daniel Esquivel will serve as the celebrity judge for this year’s Recycle Fashion Show.

Music will also be provided by DJ Ronnie_OhGawd of “The Oh-Gawd Morning Show” on 103.3 KISS FM. Ortega said she is excited about the event and expecting a sold out show based on the high attendance seen last year.

Odessa Arts has also listed the fashion show as a destination for their art collaborative and cultural tour of the city, “ArtPocalypse.” Odessa Arts Executive Director Randy Ham previously said the events of ArtPocalypse provide “an opportunity for us to show the community why art is important and get the community’s involvement in the arts as a part of enhancing our quality of life.”

ArtPocalypse participants that attend the Recycle Fashion Show can have their cultural passport stamped. Ham said passports can later be redeemed for prizes.

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