AMES, Iowa – Thirty Iowa 4-H’ers received awards during the 2012 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event. The event was held Aug. 9-10 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
Awardrobe is for 4-H’ers interested in showcasing apparel design and production knowledge, as well as their creativity skills. Youth compete in three categories: clothing selection, in which a participant selects or purchases an outfit for a specific occasion; fashion revue, in which a garment is constructed, hand-knitted, machine-knitted or crocheted by a participant; and the $15 challenge, in which a 4-H’er creates an outfit for $15 or less from garage sales, consignment shops or clothing resale stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
“During the Awardrobe Clothing Event, 4-H’ers receive recognition based on how well they communicate, via a written report, their personal clothing and fashion goals, their skills as a consumer, their presentation style while modeling garments, and their poise and oral communication skills during a one-on-one interview with a judge,” said Keli Tallman, youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.
The event also provides opportunities for youth participants to learn higher-level methods of applying design elements and principles of design within their work, Tallman said. Youth can investigate careers in clothing, fashion and textiles; strengthen their professional stage presence by modeling clothing on a runway; and earn Iowa State University scholarships.
“This was my third year being selected to attend the state clothing event. I have gone in every category,” said Johnson County 4-H’er Ashley Holubar. “I found that each year, there was something different about the event than the year before.
“I would meet new people from all across Iowa. The workshops always include hands-on activities such as learning how to use a serger or creating outfits for mannequins. I improved my communication skills during interviews with the judges, and gained some confidence as I walked in front of 100 people or so for the show,” Holubar said.
The following youth earned the Iowa State Fair’s Top 10 Percent Award in the Awardrobe Clothing Event. The recognition includes a certificate and $25 gift card sponsored by the Iowa State Fair Board.
Clothing Selection Recipients
Fashion Revue Recipients
$15 Challenge Recipients
Natalie Kasper, Johnson County, and Courtney Klein, Sioux County, were recognized for exhibiting outstanding construction skills in the fashion revue category. The recognition includes a certificate and a $25 cash award sponsored by the Central Iowa Sewing Guild.
Maddison Tyrrel, Monroe County, and Lauren Williams, Linn County, received the On-Trend Award for creating a garment that incorporates this year’s fashion trends. Iowa State University’s Apparel Merchandising and Design Program sponsors the $25 gift card award and certificate.
Melanie Riordan, Warren County, and Hannah Swanson, Boone County, earned special recognition for ranking in the top 3 percent of Awardrobe Clothing Event participants and expressing an interest in furthering their education in either apparel merchandising and design, event management or hospitality management. Iowa State University’s Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management sponsors the $500 scholarship award and certificate.