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Valencia takes top honors at Recycled Fashion Show

April 6, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Student Events

University of the Ozarks junior Daniel Valencia took home first-place honors Tuesday evening for his wedding dress design at the fifth annual Recycled Fashion Show, held in the Rogers Conference Center.

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Designer Daniel Valencia and model Andrea Munoz took home the top honors for this wedding dress at the fifth annual Recycled Fashion Show on April 5.

Sponsored by the U of O art department, the annual show featured 11 students who showcased seven fashion designs that utilized recycled materials. A panel of judges determined the winning entrants.

Valencia’s winning design was modeled by Andrea Munoz, a junior management and marketing major from Honduras. The recycled materials used to make the dress included grocery sacks, a sugar sack, a flour sack, a fruit bag, plastic bags, wipe towels, shoe string, cans, and wire

Valencia, a marketing and strategic communication major from El Salvador, said the design was made out of more than 900 handcrafted circles cut from a recycled banner, cleaning wipes, dryer sheets, foods sacks, and soda cans. He said the dress has been a work in progress since his freshman year.

"From this experience, I have learned that with a little faith, some creativity, and a lot of encouragement from friends, something beautiful, complex, and classy can be made out of surprising materials," he said, "This reinforces the fact that beauty lies within the eye of the beholder."

The second-place design was created by Azalia Molina and was made out of recycled CDs, magazines, Walmart and Forever 21 plastic bags, and wax paper from pizza boxes.

The team of Debora Castro and Liliam Lopez, who designed last year’s winning entry, took third place for their dress that was created out of plastic bags, old earplugs, an Ipsy Glam Bag, bubble packaging, and electric pink bags.

Other designers who took part in the competition included, Eric Ledieu, Alex Martinez, Sarah Valentine, Gabi Pandeli, Karina Ramirez, Ana Ojeda, and Angie Castro.

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The art department’s fifth annual Recycled Fashion Show featured 11 student designers and several models who showcased fashion designs that utilized recycled materials.