Project Goodwill Seeking Designers

Project Goodwill Challenges Aspiring Fashionistas to Create Looks From Unconventional Materials in Upcycle Fashion Show

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (January 23, 2020) – Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. announced today that the 7th annual Project Goodwill will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Ridglea Country Club.

This annual fashion show, design competition and fundraiser gala tasks aspiring designers from the community with designing wearable garments using $100 worth of unconventional materials from local Goodwill stores and presenting those looks in a runway show. Over the years, participants have used materials including lampshades, album covers, a trampoline, suitcases, tin-foil pans, air filters and more to complete their looks. Contestants compete for top honors in design materials and method, and runway presentation. First place and People’s Choice during the 2019 event went to Kate Oxley, a 37-year-old school teacher, who designed a dress made entirely from adult diapers and deconstructed Christmas ornaments.

“This is not an outfit competition, it’s a true design competition featuring runway-ready looks,” said David Cox, President and CEO. “Goodwill is proud to be one of the largest recyclers in North Texas, and showcasing secondary uses for everyday household goods and clothing is just one way of emphasizing the importance of reusing and upcyling in promoting sustainability.”

The 2020 fashion show will be judged by industry professionals including Project Runway Season 18 Contestant and eco-luxury zero waste designer Lela Orr; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, photographer and fashionista Toni Estes; Caftan designer and founder of Sociologie Wine Amy Hampton; Professor of Theatre Arts at Texas Wesleyan University Joe Allen Brown; and Design Consultant Kanani Mahelona.

Project Goodwill benefits the mission of the nonprofit – to empower people with disabilities, disadvantages and other barriers to employment so they may achieve maximum independence. All proceeds go to the Moncrief-Ryan Scholarship Fund supporting initiatives focusing on providing jobs and job training for the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, the formerly incarcerated and the people with disabilities. The 2019 event raised $31,115.28 for the cause.

Applications to compete as a designer are due by February 6. Apply to compete, become a sponsor or purchase individual tickets online at www.GoodwillFortWorth.org/ProjectGoodwill.

About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.

Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill Fort Worth’s 25 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.

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