By  on April 12, 1994

NEW YORK -- The looks ranged from fantasy eveningwear to functional activewear when student designs -- all made of recycled polyester that used to be plastic bottles -- took to the runway here Sunday.

The show was a competition called "Designs of the Future by Designers of the Future," sponsored by polyester producer Wellman Inc. as part of the 7th on Sixth fashion shows. The designers were 25 students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and 25 from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.

The outfits on display were at least 70 percent Fortrel EcoSpun, Wellman's polyester fiber made totally of recycled plastic bottles. The fabrics themselves were donated by Brookwood Cos., Draper Knitting, Dyersburg Fabrics, Glenoit Mills, Summit Knitting and United Knitting.

A panel of five judges awarded prizes to the top three designs from each school, based on the basic design, wearability, execution and originality. Each winner received a crystal globe, with the first, second and third-place winners receiving $1,000, $500 and $300, respectively.

From FIT, Michelle Castrotad snared the top award for her navy fleece jumpsuit and fleece thigh-high boots. Second place went to Melissa DiGruccio, with a bright red and blue reversible plaid coat, while Nicole Brier's red, blue and black zippered tiered evening gown captured third place.

The top Philadelphia Textile award went to Maya Levy for her black and yellow "Scarlet's Been Stung" evening gown, done in a bumblebee motif, with yellow hoops. Amy Hankin came in second with her long black and yellow overcoat called "Taxi Coat," and Lynn Wallis was third with a red and blue plaid suit in both a man's and a woman's design. Wallis also produced the show.

The judges were Gay Bryant, editor-in-chief, Mirabella; Roxanne Lowit, contributing photographer, Vogue; Jane Suh, contributing fashion editor, Mirabella; Susan Swimmer, lifestyle editor, Seventeen, and Debra Witt, fashion editor, Sportstyle.

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