Design Contest : Finalist From The Art Institute of California
Fashion Article Posted November 17, 2008
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In its fourth year, The Cool vs. Cruel Competition educates the future generation of designers enrolled in The Art Institutes schools fashion programs about the cruelty of the fur industry, and encourages these designers to explore fur-free, animal-friendly fashions as a viable alternative.
Tatiana Zaykovskaya from The Art Institute of California & San Diego was announced as the Second Place winner and will receive a $600 cash award for her animal print-inspired design. Zaykovskaya's black taffeta polyester cocktail dress was created to resemble the look of a mysterious animal. fabric manipulation techniques were used to highlight the unique textures and embellishments which add dimension to the natural fibers of the fabric.
Sheena Gao, director
of fashion design and fashion
marketing management said,
Zaykovskaya was among
the 15 local finalists who were
chosen out of more than 150 entries
to compete for the top prize
nationally. Their entries were
judged by a star-studded panel of
judges, including celebrities and
top designers. The HSUS is
co-hosting the award presentation
with Nigel Barker, world-renowned
fashion photographer and judge on
The awards ceremony to celebrate the student designers and their winning garments was held in New York City on Wednesday, Nov.12 at the Bowery Hotel at 335 Bowery, and was attended by many of the celebrity judges.
Celebrity judges and honorary committee members for this year's competition include: Ann-dexter Jones, Brittany Murphy, Betsey Johnson, Benjamin Cho, Charlotte Ronson, The Donnas, Loden Dager, Maggie Rizer, Maroon 5, Milla Jovovich, Mickey Boardman, Monet Mazur, Nicky Hilton, Nigel Barker, Rain Phoenix, Samantha Ronson, Steven Klein, Suede and Victoria Bartlett.
The fifteen finalists' garments were on display at the Nov 12 awards ceremony. To view the entries, and learn more about the Cool vs. Cruel Competition visit: The Art Institutes or The HSUS' Web sites.
The Art Institute of California
San Diego is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.
The Humane Society of
the United States is the nation's
largest animal protection
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