2013 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event
Twenty-six Iowa youth received top awards during the 2013 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Aug. 15-16 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
The Awardrobe Clothing Event is an Iowa State Fair 4-H event that provides youth participants with opportunities to showcase their apparel design and production knowledge, as well as creativity skills. During the event, youth participate in educational workshops; learn more about potential career opportunities in the field of apparel, merchandising and design; and engage in hands-on service-learning activities. The youth also complete an interview with a judge and model selected or constructed garments in a public runway show.
“4-H participants in the Awardrobe Clothing Event are evaluated on their communication skills through a written report and one-on-one interview with a judge. The youth also are evaluated on their fashion goals, choice of clothing and knowledge of garment, as well as their poise and confidence displayed while modeling their garments,” said Cayla Taylor, youth program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.
The youth participate in three categories. In Clothing Selection, participants select or purchase an outfit for a specific occasion. For Fashion Revue, participants construct, hand-knit, machine-knit or crochet their garments. In the $15 Challenge, the 4-H’er purchases an outfit for $15 or less from garage sales, consignment shops or clothing resale stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army.
“This is my third year participating in the Awardrobe Clothing Event,” said Elizabeth Fischer, Fashion Revue participant from Benton County. “This event has really taught me about the many opportunities that the Iowa State fashion program has to offer. It’s what first got me interested in pursuing a career in fashion.
“I always learn something new each year I’ve participated and have enjoyed meeting different people from different counties who have the same interests as me in sewing and fashion,” Fischer said.
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