Eco Fashion Show

2016 Eco Fashion Show picture

2016 Green is the New Black Eco Fashion Show

This popular event has kicked off NAU’s Earth Week for the last three years, and is returning this spring! The purpose of this event is to show that being sustainable does not have to be all doom and gloom, sacrifice or inconvenience. Not everyone can or will want to design clothing, but we all have the ability to be creative and think about new ways to reuse and transform items that may typically be considered waste. 

Please enjoy pictures and videos from the previous years. Make sure to check out Facebook page for even more pictures and information from the shows.

When: Monday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: DuBois Ballroom

Questions: Please contact Kenna Refold or Cori Cusker  

Who May Enter
Anyone with creative inspiration! You may participate as an individual or in teams (No more than 3 – 4 people on a team).  
Guidelines and Categories

All outfits will be judged based on creativity, craftsmanship, environmental consciousness, and presentation.  In addition to the judged categories, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for Audience Choice Awards for Best Design, Best Styling and Best Model. 

Original Design Categories :  The first 10 entries will be accepted 

Designing Guidelines: 

  • Outfit must be at least 75% reclaimed/reused, recycled, or natural/organic materials
    • Must submit list of materials used at design review
    • Must be held together by adhesives or tape, staples, or thread
  • No profanity or discriminatory messages on outfit or models
  • No nudity or partial nudity; bare midriff okay
  • Budget of $5 for sewing supplies and embellishments (must submit receipts)

Judging Criteria:

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories.

  • Most Creative Use of Materials:  Almost all materials were used in a creative way to repurpose and transform the original materials; unique and unexpected items were repurposed for use in the design.
  • Best Original Design:  Creativity demonstrated in overall design idea and execution.  Finished design looks vastly different from original materials used.

Thrifting Categories: The first 5 entries in each category will be accepted

All outfits will be judged based on their creativity, styling, and presentation. Participants must create head to toe looks using thrifted items on a budget. Participants may use any thrift or resale shops of their choice, but use of local Flagstaff stores is strongly encouraged.

Judging Criteria:

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories

  • Best Overall Styling:  Best head to toe use of clothing and accessories within thrift store budget
    • Participants will have a $20 budget (must submit receipts). 
    • May wear own shoes.  May also use one previously owned or borrowed accessory (scarves, hats, jewelry, belts, handbags, etc.). May use “found objects” to create accessories.
      • Outfit list must clarify what is new, found, and previously owned. 
    • Items may be modified and transformed. Participants are encouraged to use personal  supplies, found objects, or borrow what is needed for modifying items, but have a $5 budget for items such as sewing supplies or embellishments (must submit receipts). 
    • No profanity or discriminatory  messages on outfit or models
    • No nudity or partial nudity; bare midriff okay 
  • The Make It Work Challenge:  At the Orientation meeting, participants will be given a thrifted item pre-selected by the planning committee and will have to incorporate it into a head to toe look. 
    • Must have a “Before” picture with thrifted item.
    • Participants will have a $15 budget (must submit receipts). 
    • Do not have to use local thrift/resale shops, but encouraged to support.
    • May wear own shoes.  May use one previously owned or borrowed accessory (scarves, hats, jewelry, belts, handbags, etc.). May use “found objects” to create accessories.
      • Outfit list must clarify what is new, found, and previously owned.   
    • Items may be modified and transformed. Participants are encouraged to use personal  supplies, found objects, or borrow what is needed for modifying items, but have a $5 budget for items such as sewing supplies or embellishments (must submit receipts). 
    • No profanity or discriminatory  messages on outfit or models
    • No nudity or partial nudity; bare midriff okay
Attend an Interest Session

We will be holding two interest sessions. You are not required to attend one, but it might be helpful to learn more about the process and ask questions before submitting your design application. Past designers and stylists will be available to talk about the experience as well.

Meeting Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, February 2 at 4 p.m., in the University Union, Havasupai C 
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 5 p.m., University Union, Oak Creek
Deadline for Application

We ask that you complete a brief application to provide us with your contact information and to preference your categories of interest. We will make every effort to give you your first choice, but categories will be assigned based on the date applications are received. 

  • Monday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Important Dates for Designers and Stylists

Designers and Stylists, please note that you and/or your model must be available to attend the following meetings as directed.  All meetings are required for participation in the final show. 

Milestone 1: Designer and Stylist Orientation Meeting (Designers and Stylists only)

This meeting will provided important information about the timeline, milestones, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and to meet the organizers who will be working with you throughout the semester.  

  • Friday February 19, 4 p.m.
  • North Hall (Housing and Residence Life Office), Room 111A
  • Please consult the campus map if you are uncertain of this location
Milestone 2: Submit Designer/Stylist Bio and Fact Sheet

Due: Friday, April 1

Milestone 3: Outfit Review (Designer/Stylist Required; Model Optional):

The intent of these meetings is to ensure that progress is being made as well as provide feedback and suggestions to help designers and stylists with their final preparations. Participants will sign up for a 15 minute consultation. With about two weeks until show time, substantial progress on designs is expected.  Minimally, designers must bring a sketch and all their materials. Stylists should bring their outfit, but all alterations and modifications do not need to be completed. 

  • Dates, Times, and Locations for Design Review
    • Monday, March 28, 2 – 4 p.m., University Union,  Havasupai C
    • Tuesday, March 29, 4 – 6 p.m., University Union, Oak Creek
    • Wednesday, March 30, 3 – 5 p.m., University Union, Oak Creek
  • A Google Document also will be sent out for you to self-schedule
  • Materials List and Receipts Due  

Milestone 4: Runway Training (Model required; Designer/Stylist optional, but encouraged)

  • Dates, times and locations for Runway Training
    • Thursday, April 14, 4-5 p.m.
    • Friday, April 15, 2-3 p.m.
  • A Google document will be sent out for your model to self-schedule

Milestone 5: Runway Dress Rehearsal (Models, Designers and Stylists)

  • Saturday, April 16, 6 p.m.
  • du Bois Ball Room

Milestone 6: Runway Show (Models, Designers and Stylists)

  • Monday, April 18, 3 –10 p.m.
  • du Bois Ball Room

Past Eco Fashion Shows

2015 Eco Fashion Show

Another successful year showcasing the talent of our student designers in creating stylish thrifted looks and original designs made out of at least 75% reclaimed, reused, recycled, or organic materials.

Click here to see the winners. 

2014 Eco Fashion Show

For the 2014 show, we continued the Original Design categories. Again, designers were given the challenge of creating outfits made out of at least 75% reclaimed, reused, recycled, or organic materials. They were allowed a $5 budget for supplies to make their outfits. We added new “Second Hand Stylings” categories this year. The stylists were given a $20 budget and were only allowed to shop at thrift stores. For the Make It Work Challenge, participants had to select and incorporate two thrifted items out of a collection picked out by the planning committee.

Click here to see the winners. 

2013 Eco Fashion Show
The designers were given the challenge of creating outfits made out of at least 75% reclaimed, reused, recycled, or organic materials. They were allowed a $5 budget for supplies to make their outfits.

Click here to see the winners from the first Eco Fashion Show.