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August 10, 2011
Sacramento Bee Fashion Challenge debuts at film festival

By Leigh Grogan

We love to read the newspaper, right? But how about wearing it - on a red carpet no less.

Well, the ink is dry and 16 local fashion design teams are hard at work on the first annual Sacramento Bee Fashion Challenge, which will be part of the upcoming Sacramento Film and Music Festival, which is Aug. 17-21 at the Crest Theatre.

The fashion challenge will test the designers' ability to not only make a red carpet-ready look but to create it using a significant portion of the newspaper. (Each team received 20 papers.) The outfit can be for either a woman or man.

Next Wednesday, the fashions will debut at the Crest with a show that starts at 7 p.m. That's also opening night for the film festival. Local judges (myself included) will score the outfits, and the winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Aug. 20, also at the Crest.

Each design team is responsible for its model, plus hair and makeup. They will be judged in five categories: construction, style, theme, creativity/use of The Bee and overall impression.

If you're a fan of "Project Runway," you'll recall the newspaper challenge on Season 6. And, as mentor Tim Gunn likes to say, "Make it work!" For more info on the film festival click here.

See you on the red carpet!

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