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Color Me Goodwill Accepting Designer Applications

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is looking for fashion designers to compete in the 5th Annual Color Me Goodwill fashion show, which will take place on Friday, April 26, at The Orange Peel in Asheville.

Each designer will receive $125 to shop for clothing and materials at local Goodwill stores. They each will create a six-piece runway collection using the upcycled and repurposed textiles. Local hair stylists and makeup artists will assist designers and models the day of the show.

A panel of expert judges will score the collections based on the construction of the garments, the skill and quality of the sewing, creative use of the original materials and innovative design. The first-place overall winner will receive $500. In addition, audience members may vote on their favorite designer to receive an audience choice award, with a prize of $200.

“The Asheville fashion community immediately embraced Color Me Goodwill, which is why we’ve made it to this milestone,” said Jaymie Eichorn, Goodwill’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The show has sold out every year, and we expect a standing-room-only crowd at The Orange Peel again this time.”

“Color Me Goodwill showcases the unique finds available at our stores every day,” Eichorn said, “Each collection features a model who’s participated in a Goodwill employment and training program. So the event also reminds us how shopping at Goodwill supports our workforce development programs and helps change peoples’ lives.”

Designers can apply to be selected for Color Me Goodwill by emailing Sarah Merrell at model.sarah@rocketmail.com  before December 1 and include:

  • Images or links to your work or website
  • Brief paragraph about your experience
  • Contact information including your name, phone number and email address