HOUSTON — Pros and amateurs alike revved up their sewing machines last winter to compete in the fourth annual Silver Scissors Awards sponsored by the Textiles and Costume Institute of the Museum of Fine Arts here.
Encompassing every style, from comical to elegant, 12 of the winning entries took their turn on the runway one evening at the restaurant Jags, while three others were shown on mannequins. These honorees had been selected by a panel of fashion pundits from a whopping 73 entries — a big jump from last year’s 47.
Carol Watson, wife of Houston Astros general manager Bob Watson, won best of show for a four-piece red sportswear ensemble.
Charlene Sawyer, who dabbles in fashion for relaxation, earned first prize in the couture category with a dress that looked like it would be anything but restful to make: a white pleated gown sparkling with 19,500 hand-applied crystal beads and topped by a cape.
Honorable mention in the couture category went to Jerelyn Gooden, a longtime Houston couturier, who showed a celadon silk jacquard gazar-look gown with a gold lace bodice from her holiday collection.
Other winners by category were: commercial, Penny Chappell, first place, and Selven Jarmon, honorable mention; wearable art, Carol Watson, first prize, and Linda Lewis and Morna Simon-Raffel, honorable mention; theater, Norma Rojas, Rose Elmer and Fran Gasche, first place, and Octavia Hansen, honorable mention.