Top Teams Named at 4-H ‘Stitch This!’ Fashion Design Challenge

Three winning gowns to be mass produced for 2012 prom season


stitch this challenge participantsAMES, Iowa -- Sixteen hours, 35 teens and more than 200 prom dresses as raw material came together during the 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design challenge at the Iowa State Fair. With the theme “America The Beautiful,” nine youth teams created 11 new gowns, four teams won prizes and three of their gowns will be mass produced for the 2012 prom season.

Fair-goers watched the final runway show Aug. 20, as the teams of fashion-forward Iowa teens modeled the one-of-a-kind garments they created by deconstructing and reconstructing formal wear, said Shelly Greving, marketing director for the Iowa 4-H program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The four-member teams had 16 hours to design new prom dresses based on the “America the Beautiful” theme. Each team had to select at least three donated dresses to use as material for creating a completely new garment. The new dress could incorporate design elements from the existing dresses, but the final product had to look significantly different from the original dresses.

“The teams were judged on their creativity, teamwork, workmanship and runway presentation, and also were interviewed one-on-one by the judges,” Greving said.

The top three teams’ designs will be professionally prototyped, mass produced and made available at 65 stores nationwide as part of Stacey’s Prom and Formalwear 2012 Prom Line.

Prizes awarded

The top prize, the Golden Needle Award, went to The Four Stitches — Morgan Heim and Bobbi Jo Wild, Alamakee County, and Tyra Watson and Patricia Townsend, Van Buren County. Each member received a glass trophy and a $500 scholarship to the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences in a fashion-related major.

The team FashionEASTas received the second place Silver Spool Award. Members are Brenda Beccam, Ona Luong, Choua Thao and Dacy Nguyen from Polk County. Each member received a glass trophy and a $50 Blonde Genius gift certificate.

Attraente Unicornio received the third top prize, the Artistry Award, for showing the most creativity with their design, approach or construction techniques. Team members Jose Lupercio, Stephanie Gabriel, Nyacudaer Thijn Yor and Heather Reimers, all from Polk County, received a glass trophy as well as the People’s Choice Award.

The Synergy Award for most effective teamwork and communication went to Sequin Sisters — Tayler Veldhuizen, Lydia Sharp, Kenley Rogers and Lauren Schossow, all from Polk County. Each member received a glass trophy.

All of the dresses created in the 2011 Stitch This 4-H Design Challenge will be featured at Stacey’s Prom and Formalwear in Urbandale for a least one month.

Event fosters young talent

“This kind of event fosters young talent and enables these youth to dream big and start their careers early,” said Stacey Fox, owner of Stacey’s Prom in Urbandale, the lead sponsor of Stitch This.

“I am so impressed with their fashion forward thoughts and ideas, and yet they are willing to take suggestions and incorporate ideas to improve their designs,” Fox continued. “I spent the last week at market with big name talent, and I am convinced that they don’t have the talent like we have here in Iowa.”

Judges for Stitch This were 2011 Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Goldsmith, Jenn Saak, a bridal consultant for Stacey’s Prom, and Brenda Papakee Ackerman, a lecturer in apparel design and production at Iowa State University.

Serenity Salon and Day Spa from Valley West Mall provided hair styling and makeup for the runway show.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program


4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact any Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

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Photos and Captions

The Four StitchesThe Four Stitches received the Golden Needle Award (1st place) in Stitch This! at the Iowa State Fair. (From left to right) Stacey Fox, owner of Stacey’s Prom; Brenda Papakee Ackerman, Iowa State University; team members Patricia Townsend, Tyra Watson, Bobbi Jo Wild, and Morgan Heim; 2011 Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Goldsmith; Jenn Saak, bridal consultant at Stacey’s Prom. Download the high resolution photo.

 

 

 

FashionEASTAS FashionEASTas received the Silver Spool Award (2nd place) in Stitch This! at the Iowa State Fair. (From left to right) Stacey Fox, owner of Stacey’s Prom; Brenda Papakee Ackerman, Iowa State University; team members Choua Thao, Dacey Nguyen, Ona Luong, and Brenda Baccam; Jenn Saak, bridal consultant at Stacey’s Prom; 2011 Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Goldsmith. Download the high resolution photo.

 

 

 

 

Attraente UnicornioAttraente Unicornio received the Artistry Award and People’s Choice Award in Stitch This! at the Iowa State Fair. (From left to right) Stacey Fox, owner of Stacey’s Prom; Brenda Papakee Ackerman, Iowa State University; team members Jose Lupercio, Nyaclidder Thyin Yor and Stephanie Gabriel; 2011 Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Goldsmith; Jenn Saak, bridal consultant at Stacey’s Prom. Not pictured — Heather Reimers. Download the high resolution photo.

 

 

 

Sequin SistersSequin Sisters received the Synergy Award in Stitch This! at the Iowa State Fair. (From left to right) Stacey Fox, owner of Stacey’s Prom; Brenda Papakee Ackerman, Iowa State University; team members Tayler Veldhuizen, Lydia Sharp, Lauren Schossow, and Kehley Rogers; 2011 Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Goldsmith; Jenn Saak, bridal consultant at Stacey’s Prom. Download the high resolution photo.