Goodwill Industries of Denver hosted its 4th Annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap last Thursday at the EXDO Event Center. A crowd of 800 braved the negative temps to support Denver’s up-and-coming young fashion designers and to catch a glimpse of the hot designer discounted brands sold at Goodwill’s Deja Blue Boutique. Not to mention, the hosts of the event included Emmy-award-winning fashion provocateur, Tim Gunn, and Denver’s very own distinguished designer Mondo Guerra.

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Tim Gunn is the co-host and mentor of Project Runway, which recently finished its 12th season, and host of Lifetime’s new fashion competition show Under the Gunn. Mondo Guerra has made the Mile High City proud with his runner up finish on Project Runway and winner on the debut season of Project Runway All Stars. He is currently a mentor to aspiring designers on Under the Gunn, where you will find another local designer competing and also representing Denver, Stephanie O. She styled the celebrity models for Goodwill’s Deja Blue Boutique fashion show, which took place after the young designer showcase.

Meet the “Young Gunns”

Students from Goodwill’s youth programs at local high schools featured their upcycled designs in hopes of winning a Brother sewing machine and a coveted internship with Mondo Guerra to pursue their fashion dreams. Four judges, including Mondo, brought their Project Runway game to ultimately determine a winner. Each upcycled design was inspired by one of five cities: Austin, New York City, London, Moscow, and Tokyo. Take a look at the designs and who clutched the top three spots:

1st Place

Inspiration: Tokyo

My inspiration came from the Harajuku culture in Tokyo. I made the jacket and hand painted all the emojis on the skirt for my upcycled look. -Kellehanna E’Shawndesigner

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4th Annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap 2014

2nd Place

Inspiration: London

The skirt is J. Crew that I found at Goodwill. The red mid-section was a sleeve of a dress, and the white shirt was actually long sleeve and I chopped off the sleeves and added the ribbon and lace. I took the lining of the dress and made these flowers with beads on them.-Carlos Contreras, designer

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4th Annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap 2014

3rd Place

Inspiration: Tokyo

I changed my design so many times, but at the end Mondo wanted me to use this fabric in a way he hadn’t seen before. I wanted to do the obi because despite how modern Tokyo is they keep in touch with their culture, so I wanted to make sure to bring that into the look. Mondo also said to keep in mind unconventional items and colors so I wanted to make sure and incorporate those in as well.-Jackie Rodriguez

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All Photos Courtesy of Rhonda DePalma 

The young designers all did a fantastic job on upcycling their Goodwill finds. To see other designs, photos from Goodwill’s Deja Blue Boutique fashion show, and what went on at the clothing swap check out the 4th Annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap Gallery HERE!

Don’t forget to watch Under the Gunn on Thursdays to support Tim Gunn, Mondo, and Stephanie O. The Beauty Bar located at 608 E 13th Ave. in Denver will be having Under the Gunn viewing parties on Thursdays from 6:00PM-9:00PM with Mondo and Stephanie O. This week special guest designer Michelle Uberreste will also be joining the party. Entry is free but a suggested $1-2 donation at the door benefits Denver Colorado AIDS Project and enters guests into drawings for door prizes.

3 Responses

  1. Felicia

    I would like to see the before and after photos. Some of these outfits look like they where pulled off the rack and glitter was added. These kids are very talented and they did a lot of work. I would just like to see the before and after.

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    • Shayla Preeshl

      I am sorry this is the coverage from the show only. We did not have access to the before photos of the designs. For next year we could consider to follow the progress of each designer throughout the process, however, we were only covering the event in this instance.

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    • suzie roser

      The jacket made by Kellehanna (1st place winner)began life as a bedspread! I wish you could see the back of the jacket as the seaming is gorgeous and has curved lines. Kellehanna taught herself how to sew. Her mother tells me that she often makes skirts out of curtains when she wants something to wear. This talented young lady made a baby mobile for me with a “Hungry Caterpillar” theme since that is how the mother was decorating the nursery. It was a big hit with both the mother and baby.

      Suzie

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