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Project Runway is a run-away success

One of the youngest Project Runway participants, Abby Fry, also chose a Safari theme, creating jungle foliage on her dress, and a matching hat and purse. Photo by Margaret Ontl

Thirty-two aspiring fashion designers participated in Project Runway this summer. The summer art class taught by Karron Nottingham is in its fourth year and its popularity just keeps growing. Called Wearable Art, the class exposes members to the design process.

"The girls learn math, geometry and design concepts," said Nottingham. "I have some students who have come all four years and some who come back to help. Along with that the girls get a chance to pick up posture tips, poise and how to present themselves to the audience.

It was standing room only for the finale when parents, family and friends packed into the Phipps Center for the Arts for the fashion show.

In the class, the students first made hats to give them a chance to twist, scrunch and shape the materials -- paper, duck tape and paint. Students then designed a complete ensemble following the themes of circus, safari, garden party, super hero, birthday, beach party or brides. The models were judged on their ensemble, which could such accessories as purses and bracelets, along with hats and a matching outfit made for a stuffed bear.

Project Runway concluded with the fashion show at The Phipps, where students modeled their creations to edgy music that kept them moving.

See the attached Photo Gallery for more photos of the young designers and their creations. All photos are also available for purchase online; click on the "Buy a Photo" link on the Hudson Star-Observer homepage