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April 23, 2014

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Youth Ethical Fashion Show | Teen Programming

61913youthethicalfashionshow Youth Ethical Fashion Show | Teen ProgrammingSteal this idea for your teen programming calendar! On June 22, The Alameda Shore Center will be hosting The Alameda Youth Ethical Fashion Show, thanks to the hard work of local teen Katherine Metkowski, and Jessica Robinson, aka Miss Alameda. As a way to advocate recycling and sustainability, the fashion show challenges area teen designers to create high-fashion wearables using only clothing purchased at second-market outlets, such as used clothing stores and thrift shops.

Robinson is an avid advocate for recycling and sustainability—she even wore an “up-cycled” wedding gown found at a Goodwill store in the Miss California 2011 pageant. The partnership between the beauty queen and the teen helped convince Christopher Collins, a local fashion designer who has appeared on TV’s Project Runway, and Charleston Pierce, a fashion show producer, to be guest judges for the event. They will be joined at the judges’ table by Margaret Mitchell, president of the Epi Center Med Spa, and Heidi Pettit from Vie Public Relations.

This first-ever event hopes to encourage teens to support their local thrift stores and to demonstrate that it is possible to be stylish on a budget. All contestants will receive tips and critiques from the fashion experts, and winners will receive prizes from sponsors such as local retailers Crossroads Trading Company and Mercy Vintage.

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Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

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