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Teens with talent: Young designers create unique styles from offbeat materials for CAMH fashion show

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Call it the Project Runway effect.

Aspiring fashion designers aren't waiting until they graduate from high school to assert their creative spirit. Encouraged by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 13 designers between the ages of 14-17 recently showcased their creations on 28 models from Houston area high schools, including HSPVA, Lamar, Bellaire, and KIPP.

More than 100 guests attended the CAMH Teen Fashion Show at the museum's Brown Foundation Gallery, which featured a red carpet.

The students were encouraged to incorporate creative materials into their runway designs. They used recycled newspapers, aluminum foil, pink-and-white paper fashioned into flowers and uninflated white balloons to create looks that recalled the early work of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.


Shown here: Model wears a fishtail gown made of recycled newspapers with black lace corset top by designer Duyen Dinh.

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Glassell School of Art instructor Noel Foreman and fashion designer Danny Nguyen awarded winners in three categories.

Megan Siemann, a student at Bellaire High School, took home the Most Diverse Collection Award. She presented a top and skirt made from strips of red, yellow and orange fabric and a party dress with a halter top neckline made of plastic Target shopping bags.


Shown here: Siemann, center, with her two models. The dress on the left is made entirely of plastic Target shopping bags.


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Megan Thomson, also a student at Bellaire High School, won the Most Innovation Design award. She made a little black dress of LBD trash bags accented with silver pull tabs from cans and a standout futuristic-looking white mini-dress made from electrical outlet plug covers. She is far right in photo.

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Mod-style mini-dress made of outlet plug covers by Megan Thomson

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The “Oh No She Didn’t!” Most Outrageous Award went to Alan Gonzalez,  a student at HSPVA, for his daring, over-the-top creations.

His first look, show at far right, featured a male model in a white tank top with shredded-and-torn detail with a black sweater shredded in the back, white jeans splattered with black paint, Goth black platform boots and a “hat” made of black tulle.

The second model, far left, wore an angelic white mini dress festooned with white tulle.

The third model, second from right, wore a gown that featured brown tulle over a large hoop skirt, bare midriff, and a tube top adorned with brown tulle to create one piece.


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Ethereal gown by Alan Gonzalez

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Angel gown by Alan Gonzalez

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Designer Amir Taghi, second from left, stands with his three models. 

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Model showcases a Greek goddess-inspired dress by designer Sloane Adrogue Gustafson.


The winners received  a CAMH membership, a certificate for fashion design classes at the Glassell School of Art Junior School an award made from found objects painted gold by the CAMH Teen Council, a group of teenagers employed by the CAMH to bring the art of their time to their peers.