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Bad News- I didn't get a scholarship to Costume College :( Well there is always next year!

Good News- My Discared to Divine outfit made it into the Live Auction and Runway Show!!!
They called and talked it over with me, and it sounds like they want me to be in some sort of runway vignette with the Model before they start walking. Their is going to be a voice over of my inspiration (Which I need to write) And the the Live Auction! I am so nervous, and oddly ecstatic to watch people bid on something I made.

Also, this came up with one of my friends last night; apparently a few people had thought I was getting paid to participate, or that their was a cash prize of some sort. The role of the designers/makers in Discared to Divine is strictly Pro-Bono, all money goes towards The St. Vincent DuPaul Society, and the homeless population Of the SF Bay Area. All the materials I used (With the exception of a zipper and a yard of wool) Were given to me by D2D or Apparel Arts.

This is not to say I don't *feel* paid. I get an official press release/award for D2D for my portfolio stating I won the Jury Award for Best Women's Day Dress. My outfit is going to be displayed at a major museum, and walk down a runway in front of the Who's Who of SF. Their is also still the possibility I will win the People's Choice award (from the preview night, April 15th) and be featured in a news article like some past designers have been.

All of that put together, I think for a budding designer is much better payment than any money could have been.
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My final Entry to Discarded to Divine: The outfit consistence of a Faux 17th century bolero (complete with cartridge pleated sleeves) over an empire wasted dress with a charmeuse cowl bodice. Both garments are 100% wool and lined in silk. Both garment are also 60% recycled from other clothing.

Preview night at the De Young is April 15th 2011 (For people who want to see the clothes, but not bid) The Actual event, auction and fashion show is April 28, 2011. http://www.svdp-sf.org/DISCARDED/
All Proceeds from the auctions go towards clothing a feeding the homeless/transient population of San Francisco.

Construction/details since my last post...  )
My teacher is going to have all of my classes garments cleaned/pressed/photographed and turned in by the January 10th deadline. After that they will be juried for the silent auction and runway show.
I Really hope my outfit makes it into the fashion show. As a costume-designer it may be the only time I see a non-costume piece go down a runway like this.
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As promised the first jacket mock-up:

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*Edit* To get the pattern, I mashed together directions from my apparel arts textbook, and Period Costumes for Stage and Screen.

More: )
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A continuation of my last post, this is the (surprisingly long) dress diary of the up-cycled dress I am making for the Discarded to Divine Charity auction as part of a Special Project class I am enrolled in. All of the proceeds of the auction benefit the St Vincent De Paul Society of San Francisco.

How it works: Designers go to the Society head quarters and pick out donated garments they want to up/recycle into new clothing. Completed garments are then turned in to the juries, with most ending up in the silent auction, and a select few in a live runway show. Designers are allowed to use up to 50% new fabric to supplement the garments they pick out (although, when I was there they also had fabric that had been donated you could pick)

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Lots of Pictures, from sketch to 90% complete. )
And now bed, It has been a productive weekend, and I feel accomplished!
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This is the dress I am making for Discarded for Divine, it is almost done now, just missing some key things like a zipper and a hem...but the darts in the bodice are done and that really all I care about! I will post more thoroughly about this dress later (Did I mention it's made from recycled garments?) Also the matching jacket I will start tomorrow.

For now I eat some soup and go to bed; these 16 hour Thursdays are slowly killing me...
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Next quarter I am going to be in a class Called Industry Special projects, which is arranged for students to compete in Discarded to Divine : http://www.discardedtodivine.org/

Originally I had missed the deadline for applying and submitting references (It was the week of the Hamburglar) But then later on they called me and asked me to come in. I guess very few students had applied, and they were getting a little despite to get a regular class size. Anyway I went in, showed the head of the department My re-designed wool jacket and a design project. She said she would get the references for me, and I just needed to turn in the essay.

That night (Before I had finished the essay) I got an e-mail saying I was accepted into the class. Initially this made me a little sad; being accepted just because they were despite? I decided it did not matter, however, because I would just be extra awesome when class time came.

A few days later (When I stopped in to drop off the essay) I overheard a student saying he had not heard whether or not he had been accepted yet...apparently I was one of the few who heard right away. This made me feel all shiny.

This is going to be an adventure. I have no idea what I am making until we get our supplies from D&D. I also have no idea what the class is going to be like besides that it is 6 hours (Vs. the regular 3) I am excited, but I am also slightly terrified.


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