■ Mt. San Jacinto / College
On May 12, the Recycled Art & Fashion Show handed out awards to four aspiring designers. The event offered a gallery exhibit and exciting runway show featuring wildly expressive, eco-friendly art and fashion.
The 6th annual event, supported by the Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Foundation, invited design entries from MSJC students and community members. Thirty-five models strutted fashions on a runway to high-energy music. Each fashion was designed with repurposed, post-consumer waste, said Eileen Doktorski, event organizer and chair of the art department on the MSJC San Jacinto Campus.
Materials included aluminum cans, Hot Cheetos and Takis packaging, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, cardboard, repurposed firefighter gear, discarded scrap material, and scavenged items. Processes included sewing, embroidery, weaving, riveting and the use of adhesives. Each fashion was strikingly unique and presented a specific theme chosen by the designer.
The event promotes environmental awareness, personal expression and community engagement. It has become a catalyst for imaginative ideas and diverse artistic expression from professional designers and established artists within the region to compete on the runway. They share the spotlight with students from MSJC, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Fresno City College and the Western Center Academy.
The panel of five judges selected designs for top awards.
Maeve Gillespie, from the Idyllwild Arts Academy, received the Design Excellence award for her collection Saving Lace. The design collection of six outfits was inspired by her grandmother’s lace collection. She mimicked the patterns of lace by working with consumer waste products.
Rosamaria Faucette, a Temecula-based fashion designer and illustrator, received the Most Expressive Design award for her pair of fashions titled Pride & Roots. These dresses, modeled by the designer and her daughter Angella, included ancient Peruvian symbols and traditional floral embroidery combined with symbols of the United States to represent both cultures.
April Estoch, a fashion designer and high school fine arts teacher, was honored with the Material Innovation award for her gown Saving Grace. This gown was intricately sewn and layered with discarded, repurposed firefighter gear that was donated by local fire departments. April created this fashion as a tribute to firefighters and first responders and the gown featured the names of firefighters who perished on the job.
MSJC student Maureen Nena received Honorable Mention for her design titled Fashionista. The 1960s style dress was made from aluminum soft drink cans and featured fringe, a purse, and a hat. She cut and shaped the aluminum in shapes and roses and hand-stitched the pieces to cover a dress created from a discarded curtain.
The Recycled Art & Fashion Show is organized by a team of artists, educators and community members. It is sponsored by Hine Subaru of Temecula, Western Municipal Water District, Paul Mitchell (Temecula), and the MSJC Foundation.