When the Pomonok Library in Queens ran a summer sewing camp for teens, some of its tween patrons felt left out. Librarian Frances Grossman suggested that they host their own version of Project Runway. When she contacted the Weinstein Company to ask permission to use the Project Runway name, the event took on a life of its own. Weinstein gave permission to use the name and reached out to its Project Runway partners, including us here at Mood, to co-sponsor the event.
Designers were given their challenge in advance—taking donated men's clothing from a local dry cleaner and transforming them into chic feminine looks—and had only four hours to make it work.
After visits to the accessory wall and the hair and make-up stations, the library was transformed into a runway. The tweens modeled their looks as judges and photographers looked on.
All of the designs were absolutely gorgeous, and the competition was tight. Ultimately, a sleek, minimalist one-shouldered dress took the top prize. The winning designer got a $100 Mood gift card and both designer and model were given tickets to the Project Runway Season 11 finals. Everyone walked away a winner, with all participants receiving a Mood tote bag and a slew of other goodies from the event's sponsors.
There's nothing we love more than supporting budding designers and we were thrilled to have been able to co-sponsor Pomonok Project Runway. We can't wait to see what these designers cook up next!
How about you? Did your interest in sewing and design start early? We'd love to hear about it!