AMES, Iowa — 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.
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.
Fashion Revue Recipients
Elizabeth Fischer, Benton County
Devyn Alt, Johnson County
Amanda Friedman, Clinton County
Chantel Schmidt, Shelby County
Raeann Hanlon, Calhoun County
Trisha Van Wyk, Sioux County
Madeleine Bretey, Boone County
Clothing Selection Recipients
Kelly Breja, Linn County
Brad Baudler, Adair County
Alex Bennett, Warren County
Ciara Erenberger, Johnson County
Rogette Lizer, Grundy County
Kayla De Weerd, Sioux County
Brea Baumhover, Buena Vista County
$15 Challenge Recipients
Grace Seaba, Muscatine County
Courtney Buman, Shelby County
Kassie Trimble, Madison County
Courtney Klein, Sioux County
Rachel Miller, Hardin County
Jurane Lizer, Grundy County
Amanda Friedman, Clinton County, and Chantel Schmidt, Shelby 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.
Devyn Alt, Johnson County, and Erin Filloon, Tama 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 sponsored the $25 gift card award and certificate.
Elizabeth Fischer, Benton County, and Raeann Hanlon, Calhoun 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 sponsored the $500 scholarship award and certificate.
Contact: Shelby Schaefer, Awardrobe Clothing Event Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org