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Detail of Red Zipper DressDetail of Red Zipper Dress

Cat Chow (American, born 1973)
Zipper Dress, 1999
A single length of zipper,
approx. 100 yards
Loan from the artist


Cat Walk for Cat Chow
Wednesday, May 10
Photos by Phil Babcock
Michelle Ariel Sanders
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Michelle Ariel Sanders
First Prize & Judges Award

Materials:
Magazines and mosaic tiles

Model: Herself

Description: The evening gown design is made from glossy magazine ads and mosaic tiles. There is a train in the back with an attached bustle variation.

Bio: Michelle Ariel Sanders recently graduated from MSU with a degree in Textile and Apparel Design. Originally, Michelle started in school as a fine arts major but was torn between both fashion design and fine arts. She decided that she needed more freedom with art and opted for the fashion degree.

Evelyn Gilbert
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Evelyn Gilbert
Second Prize

Materials:
Chicken wire, foil tape, pie plate

Model: Veronica Fitzpatrick

Description: “My design is a metal vest with a feminine touch. The bodice is made of chicken wire sewn together with metal wire. Foil tape has been woven throughout the piece, and a half of a pie plate has been sewn on each shoulder. The back is open and laces up with silver ribbon. The same silver ribbon has been used to add a few highlights to the vest.”

Bio: Evelyn is a MSU studio art major pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is a junior, and the only plans for her future are to create art however possible.

Berry Noxon
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Berry Noxon
Third Prize

Materials:
Halloween masks

Model: Herself

Description: This dress was constructed with rubber Halloween masks and metal chain that crisscrosses the open back. “Halloween masks are the ugliest, tackiest things in the world, and I wanted to challenge myself to make them into something cool.”

Bio: Berry Noxon started making and reconstructing clothes when she was 14. She sold clothes that she made at a local vintage clothing store for a couple years and started selling on eBay in 2003. She is a native of Mason, Michigan, and some of her designs were recently displayed at Scene Metrospace as part of the exhibition, They Die in Movies.

Alicia Bowerman Alicia Bowerman

Materials:
Twine and other farm materials

Model: Molly Miller

Description: “Twine is the main material used for my garment. I have crocheted most of the bodice and bottom portions of the garment. They are connected by a braided twine waistband making it one garment. The upper right shoulder strap is constructed from a gum wrapper chain that I made probably about 10 years ago and still have never thrown away. Along the bottom I have made fringe out of washers to add a little flare to the design.”

Bio: Alicia received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Apparel and Textile Design and Retailing from MSU in May of 2006. She plans to pursue a career in the apparel industry. Alicia grew up on a farm in a small town, which was her inspiration for the materials she used.

Hanna Christiansen  & Christine Force

Hanna Christiansen
& Christine Force

Materials: Grapefruit bags and ribbon

Model: Alexandra Marinez

Description: As a collector of items with interesting design and color patterns, Chris has been saving red mesh grapefruit bags for quite a while. The ribbons are from gifts she received over the years from Mackerel Sky. The Cat Chow Fashion Show proved to be the perfect forum to bring these two items together.

Bios: Hanna Christiansen is a MSU undergraduate student in theatre. She is also a member of Art of Combat, Inc., which offers the highest standards in staged combat. She is skilled in origami, art, and technical theatre.

Christine Force is a MSU graduate student in Apparel and Textile Design, a member of Costume Society of America, American Association of
Museums, and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. She is skilled in historical research and loves to knit.

Lauren Olson Lauren Olson

Materials:
Gown: plastic bags, Styrofoam peanuts, egg cartons. Jewelry: zebra mussel earrings.

Model: Herself

Description: “The top of my dress is knit from plastic grocery bags. The top of the skirt is bubble wrap, followed by foam wrap borrowed from the library dumpster. Packaging peanuts will serve as decoration.”

Bio: Lauren is a graduate of MSU with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy with a specialization through the RISE program in environmental studies. She has been creating art for a long time. Now her art is primarily supply and demand graphs. She loves making things out of trash, so she loved this opportunity.

Lizzie Shirer

Lizzie Shirer

Materials:
Brown paper bags, pop tabs, and beer caps

Model: Shaheen Rajabi

Description: This design is based on the “Little Black Dress” design, only it’s the “Little Brown Bag Dress.” In the front and back there are gores at the bottom, and some fitting in the bust. Pop can tabs are used for the straps and a fish tail look in the back.

Bio: Lizzie Shirer is a recent MSU graduate in Apparel and Textile Design. She will spend the summer in Montana making costumes for a theatre company. Someday she hopes to design costumes for blockbuster films