Recycled Art and Fashion Show Recognized Students and Community Members for Design

May 15, 2018

Four aspiring designers received awards during the Mt. San Jacinto College Recycled Art & Fashion Show held on Saturday, May 12 at Monte de Oro Winery.

The 6th annual event, supported by the MSJC Foundation, invited design entries from MSJC students and community members. Hine Subaru of Temecula was presenting sponsor and Western Municipal Water District was a supporting sponsor. Thirty-five models strutted fashions on a runway to high-energy music. Each fashion was designed with re-purposed, post-consumer waste, said Eileen Doktorski, event organizer and chair of the art department on MSJC’s San Jacinto Campus. Materials included; aluminum cans, Hot Cheetos and Takis packaging, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, cardboard, re-purposed 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.

A 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 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.

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MSJC student Maureen Nena received honorable mention for her design titled Fashionista during the MSJC Recycled Art & Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12.

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Six models present a collection titled “Saving Lace,” designed by Idyllwild Arts Academy student Maeve Gillespie, who won the Design Excellence award during the MSJC Recycled Art & Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12.

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April Estoch, a fashion designer and high school fine arts teacher, with a model wearing her design titled “Saving Grace,” which received the Material Innovation award during the MSJC Recycled Art & Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12.

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Rosamaria Faucette, with her daughter Angella, received the Most Expressive Design award for her pair of fashions titled Pride & Roots during the MSJC Recycled Art & Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12. ​​