Together with the city of Hagerstown, Goodwill sought out aspiring fashion designers to compete in their fashion design contest, “Reimagine Runway.”
“Yeah we tried to work in the fact that they’re going to be upcycling clothes and reimagining a piece — you know some pieces to create a whole new outfit,” said Chris Kackley, retail regional manager.
Taking place at Goodwill’s new outlet store in Hagerstown, the competition kicked off with its designer dash event. Participants spent 15 minutes searching through items with only a budget of $15.
“And they will take those items and turn them into a new outfit,” said Kackley. “In June, on the 7th, the 14th and the 15th, they will be able to bring their creations to show off on a kind of runway-style show.”
Following the fashion show, each contestants’ final product will be up for auction online, with a portion of the profits going towards Goodwill’s community mission.
“At the end of those events, we’re going to auction the items off on our online site,” said Kackley. “People can bid on them and whoever gets… the highest bidding amount, I guess wins an award.”
Untill June 5th, contestants will have use of a workshop including tables, sewing machines and even designer support to finish their project.