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2014 1/2 Scale Design Challenge Winners Announced at ASE

The Grand Prize-winning design by Kathleen Soltow was inspired by the work of Elsa Schiaparelli.

“Fashion Icons Through the Ages” was the theme of the first 1/2 Scale Design Challenge, launched at the 2014 American Sewing Expo and spearheaded by designer Joi Mahon.

Entrants had several months to design and make half-scale fashions inspired by a fashion icon. They interpreted the challenge in several ways: some chose a famous designer as their inspiration, while others were inspired by individuals known for wearing fashion or for influencing fashion. All half-scale garments were displayed at the 2014 American Sewing Expo and four were selected to receive prizes.

The winners of the 2014 ASE 1/2 Scale Design Challenge were:

Grand Prize: Kathleen Soltow of Okemos, MI
Fashion Icon: Elsa Schiaparelli

First Place: Ruth Ciemnoczolowski of Omaha, NE
Fashion Icon: Charles James

Second Place: Connie Bontje of Thorndale, Ontario
Fashion Icon: Coco Chanel

Third Place: Robin Bolton of Beaverton, OR
Fashion Icon: Irene, 1940s Hollywood Designer



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  1. veras | | #1

    Wonderful work all, especially the Schiapparelli gown.

    For anyone interested in mini-couture, Dior has a traveling exhibit of miniature Dior gowns with a short video showing how a few gowns are created. The work in 1/3 scale is exquisite and so detailed! You can find them at this link:

    And, I'm forever fascinated by 1/4 scale gowns modeled by fashion figurines...but that's a whole other story. ;o)

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