StyleWeek SEED Gowns Constructed Out of Unusual Materials

Eleven designers from various fashion design schools sent their sustainable works of art down the runway.

StyleWeek Northeast’s fourth annual SEED Innovation Meets Education student design competition was held last night at the Biltmore Hotel. Eleven designers from various schools, including Bay State College, Lasell College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mount Ida, RISD and the School of Fashion Design sent their sustainable works of art down the runway. Each creation was constructed from repurposed materials. Gowns were sewn together with coffee filters, cereal boxes, mosquito netting, empty Capri Sun beverage pouches, paper streamers, plastic bottles and more. Some garments were so finely constructed it was almost impossible to tell the material that was used in the design.

The competition was hosted by Michaela Johnson, co-host of "The Rhode Show," and judges from the fashion industry and press selected the winning work of art by Alexandra Bianchi from the School of Fashion Design in Boston. She sewed together countless coffee filters to make this Oscar-worthy gown. Channy Guak from Massachusetts College of Art and Design earned the runner-up spot for his gown constructed out of mosquito netting, washers and other objects. Look at the other photos and videos below, and see if you can guess the materials used in each masterpiece.


@styleweek SEED show video. Cereal box dress #swnefeb2015

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@styleweek SEED coffee filter dress and plastic bottle mermaid dress. #swnefeb2015 #styleweek

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Left: Design by Daniel Murray, Bay State College. Right: Design by Monia Fernandez, Bay State College

Left: Elizabeth St. Germain, Mass Art; Right: Rebecca Douglas, Lasell College

Left: Madeline Hixon, Lasell College; Right: Sarah Anzalone, Mount Ida

Left: Channy Guak, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (runner-up); Right: Karin Yamakazi, RISD

Abbey Griswold, RISD

Candida Moura Tolido, School of Fashion Design

Alexandra Bianchi, School of Fashion Design, winner

StyleWeek continues with shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Tickets are still available.

Photos by Katelyn Coelho.