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"Freecycle" Fashion Show


The JAC Stage at the Mississippi Earthtones Festival is hosting a fashion show. A panel of jurors will determine winners in the following categories:  Youth, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Trashiest, and Classiest.  Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place in each category along with sashes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.  A special award will be given for "Best Accessory" that accompanies your garment/costume.  Artists will also be given a professional photo for your portfolio.   

The JAC Stage at the Mississippi Earthtones Festival 

September 21, 2019


Professional and amateur designers are invited to register for the Freecycle Fashion Show to be presented at the 13th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival.  The show encourages artists to turn waste into fashion by creating unique garments/costumes out of recycled materials (used materials/waste that would otherwise go to the landfills/items that would be discarded after use like newsprint, aluminum cans, plastic, decks of cards, VCR tapes, wrapping or packaging materials, wire, etc.). Have Fun!


  • Youth Category - Children 12 and under.  Work will be judged for the best use of recycled materials.  at least 50% of the garment/costume must be recycled.

  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Let your imagination go wild!  This is where you get to show off - but certainly not limited to - things like Steampunk, Cosplay, or other fantasy garment.  At least 50% must be recycled.

  • Trashiest - Minimum 90% of garment must be completely recycled.  No newly purchased, commercial materials.

  • Classiest - This fun category will include evening ware, elegant ware, classy items that one could wear out on the town.  At least 50% must be recycled.  

Entry Specifications: A $10 fee per entry is required.  You are not required to submit a photo, but your ideas, supplies, materials used, design/construction process must be included with your registration.

  • Youth category participants may submit 1 entry.

  • Non-youth participants may submit a maximum of 2 entries per category.

  • Designers must provide their own models. 

  • Final description of each garment/costume needs to be submitted to by September 19, 2019.  This is the copy that will be read during the fashion show.  Make it interesting!  Have fun with this!!

  • Participants and their models must arrive at the festival grounds on September 21, 2019 by 4:00pm to prepare and be briefed on the logistics of the runway.

Entry Deadline: Entries must be submitted by September 17th, 2019 at 5:00pm.

For more information, please contact Lillian Bates at By Design located at 136 Front Street, Alton, IL,


Or visit the Mississippi Earthtones Festival Event Page

FESTIVAL INFORMATION:  The Mississippi Earthtones Festival, co-organized by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, is a celebration of our rivers through art, music, and conservation.  The annual event promises to attract thousands of people to Broadway in Downtown Alton, IL.  A portion of the street will be closed to traffic from Noon to 10pm

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