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Project Funway to feature local fashion designers

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – It’s good to raise money and look good doing it.

Project Funway showcases local fashion designers and their finest creations, and raises money for the Education Foundation of Eagle County.

It’s based on television’s “Project Runway,” featuring aspiring designers. In Project Funway the designers are all local amateurs. The challenge is to raise money; the point is to have fun.

“Even with all the fantastic fundraisers in this county, we realized there was still room to do something different. So, Project Funway was conceived,” says Claire Thayer, one of the event organizers. “We really want people to have fun with it – whether you design and walk the runway yourself, design and have one of our models showcase your outfit, or if you just come to support the cause. Make it a night out with your girlfriends, or have a date night with your fashion-forward man!”

While the event is fun, the cause is serious. The Education Foundation of Eagle County is a 501c3 organization that raises funds to offset some of the budget cuts the Eagle County School District has experienced over the past three years.

The money will go directly to keep quality teachers in the classroom, Thayer said.

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A panel of local celebrity judges will pick the winners in three categories: Pret a Porter (Ready to Wear); Haute Couture (Paris Runway style); and an “Anything but Fabric” category.

In that final category, designers can work with anything except fabric. So far, designers are working things like plastic bags, cardboard, duct tape, stapling and hot glue.

“We hope that the loose rules will remove any intimidation factor for people who aren’t confident in their sewing skills,” Thayer said.

Credit in all categories will be given for creativity, design and craftsmanship. For those who do not wish to model their own work, models will be provided.

In addition to the show, there will be “pop for prizes” balloons with gift certificates from local businesses, and an upscale consignment shop.