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Reduce, reuse, refashion!

By Leah Coffman
On April 30, 2013


On May 5, Kirkwood Community College will host its annual fashion show. The show, titled Naturally Rebellious, is inspired by the punk movement, recyclable designs and the work of guest designer Carissa Starleaf.

Starleaf, Kirkwood alumna in marketing management and apparel merchandising, said she has always had a keen interest in sewing and fashion, particularly in jewelry design.  "It's a fun thing to do. It's a way to express myself," she remarked.

Starleaf said she makes her own jewelry and uses her interest in sewing to remake thrift store clothing into new clothing for herself to fit her rock n' roll and vintage aesthetics. She cited her designer inspirations as Jeremy Scott and Betsey Johnson for their vibrant, colorful designs and Sophia Amurosa for her entrepreneurial spirit.

Her designs also fit into the recyclable, do-it-yourself aesthetic of the show. The looks she will be showing in the upcoming runway show are all made from repurposed items from local thrift stores. "All the materials are originally from thrift stores in this area. It never gets old because styles change," Starleaf said.  She continued, "I like to follow trends and find a way to make fashion accessible."

Starleaf has participated in other local fashion shows, showcasing her work at the NewBo Eco Arts Festival and Goodwill's Recycle in Style Fashion Show. "It's a fun challenge to take part in these kinds of activities," she said.

Starleaf's designs will be shown in addition to student created pieces made from recyclable materials, as well as outfits sourced from local merchants. The looks will be modeled by Kirkwood students.

The fashion show will be held in The Hotel at Kirkwood Center at 5 p.m. on May 5. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

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