NEW YORK -- Polyester -- both in virgin and recycled form -- will hit the runways during next month's 7th on Sixth fashion shows at Bryant Park here.

First, on Sunday, April 10 at 10 a.m., Wellman Inc., maker of Fortrel EcoSpun, a polyester fiber made totally from recycled plastic soda bottles, is hosting, "Designs of the Future by Designers of the Future." The event will feature apparel made from EcoSpun fabrics designed by 25 students from the Fashion Institute of Technology, here, and 25 students from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences. Each student will design and show one garment, which must be made of at least 70 percent EcoSpun.

Mills donating EcoSpun fabric are Brookwood Cos., Draper Knitting, Dyersburg Fabrics, Glenoit Mills, Summit Knitting and United Knitting.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three designs from each school.

Then, on Wednesday, April 13, as noted, The Polyester Council of America and some Next Generation designers will join forces to show new fall designs in the latest polyester fabrics, including microfibers, 100 percent polyester and polyester blends. Designers set to show in the Polyester Council event are Michelle Bergeron, Nathanial Chastian, Donna Haag, Donna Maione and Rose Marie Woulfe. The show is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Both shows will be staged in the Josephine Pavilion.

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