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Cedar Crest's Green Fashion Show a Runaway Hit

Green Fashion Show

Alumnae Hall auditorium was alive with glitz and glamour as models sashayed down the runway for the Cedar Crest College Green Fashion Show Monday night. A special panel of judges—including Project Runway contestant Pamela Ptak, Cedar Crest President Carmen Twillie Ambar, Senior Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management Kim Owens, as well as campus staff members Elouise Schreffler, Lesley Jones and Peg Shupp—were assigned the difficult task of choosing the best among eight student recycled fashion designs ranging from a dress made almost entirely of coffee filters, to several outfits designed from plastic trash bags and used Christmas decorations, and everything in between.

Green Fashion Show
Rebecca Tutino and Joshlyn Susanen

In the end, the dress made of coffee filters—one of three entries by senior Rebecca Tutino and the one modeled by first-year student Joshlyn Susanen—edged out the other fashions to earn first prize. Prizes were awarded for the top five entries. In addition to Tutino, participating recycled fashion designers included sophomores Katie Brown and Nikki Sunday, and first-year student Dana Mount. In addition to Susanen, models for the show included senior Jennifer Bonetti, sophomores Claire Caramanna and Elizabeth Sterling, first-year student Annie Gerken, and Mount, who modeled her own fashions.

Fashion show participants and the 40 or so audience members on hand spent more than an hour after the event talking to Ptak—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain insight from the fashion designer, college instructor and reality television star. The green fashion show was part of ongoing RecycleMania program efforts at Cedar Crest.

Green Fashion Show

"The green fashion show provided our students with a wonderful opportunity to display their creativity, demonstrate their passion for sustainability, and raise awareness," President Ambar said. "Having a Project Runway contestant judge their designs was an added bonus and simply made this already wonderful event any more spectacular."

Green Fashion Show
President Carmen Twillie Ambar, Pamela Ptak and Dr. Kim Owens