Assabet Valley Junior To Compete In Junk Kouture Fashion World Finals

Photo: Assabet Regional Technical High School

MARLBOROUGH, Mass (WBZNewsRadio) - A junior at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is heading to London this fall to compete in Junk Kouture's Fashion World Finals.

Elliot Cosco, founder of Assabet Valley's Fashion Club, was chosen as one of the top ten entries from around the world. He will have to design, upcycle, and create high-end works of fashion and compete against others from around the world, this October at the OVO Arena in London.

“The students in Assabet’s Fashion Club are immensely talented. They possess outstanding creativity, passion, and determination, which is reflected in their achievements in the Junk Kouture competition,” said Superintendent Ernest F. Houle. “Congratulations to you all for your accomplishments, and we cannot wait to support Elliot in the World Finals!”

Earlier this year, the Fashion Club took part in Junk Kouture's regional competition in New York City, with each member bringing a sustainable garment to the judge's table. Competitors were also required to submit a story about their recycled garment, along with documentation of the entire creative process, from conceptual sketches to examples of work in progress.

Assabet's Fashion Club submitted three entries for the January competition, all of which were named finalists.

"The Egoist," submitted by Cosco, won a spot in the World Finals.

Cosco said his design aims to express the trend of self-absorption. Using recycled CD's, his design incorporates a galaxy of planets, a space helmet, and a beautiful flowing skirt to represent the infinite galactic universe.

Fellow juniors, Shanery Burgos Velez and Ned Zimmerman designed a fairy tale inspired piece, called "Cotton Candy Riding Hood." The costume was made from a blanket with an added hood, a cardboard chest plate, and boots created using recycled fabric.

Sophomore Emily Nelson and Freshman Karey Carvalho designed a garment called "Birdie." Using sheer curtains, the pair created a tutu-style dress, complete with origami birds hidden within. The puffed white sleeves are made from white trash bags. The corset was made using scraps of fabric and soda can pop-tabs were used as hooks to tighten the corset.

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