The winners of the 2018 Festival Runway Fashion Show (left to right) Festival artist Carolyn Johnson, Festival artist Adam Neeley with his model Julie Holmes, Festival artist Kate Cohen with model Mary Schmidt and Erika Schiendele wearing an outfit designed by Festival artist Kirsten Whalen.

LAGUNA BEACH, CA —The Festival of Arts held its 10th annual Festival Runway Fashion Show on August 19 and artists wowed audiences with their creativity and talent constructing outfits from reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. A panel of five judges chose the top looks in four categories and over 2,000 Festival visitors had the opportunity to cast their votes for “People’s Choice Award.”

The Festival Runway Fashion Show was hosted by actress KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. Selecting the winners were Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger and film production designer Nelson Coates.

  • “Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor” was awarded to mixed media artist Carolyn Johnson who was accompanied down the runway by her dog Dexter, also clothed in recycled materials for the occasion. The outfit featured a large parasol and was made up of a variety of materials including volleyball net, CDs, packing materials, Perrier bottles, PVC piping and cardboard.
  • Painter Kirsten Whalen won “Most Innovative Use of Materials” for her light versus dark ensemble featuring window screens, old light bulbs, wires, cords, sockets, plugs and other fittings that were discarded by local electricians. The shape and look of the dress were inspired by designers Alexander McQueen and Colleen Atwood as well as the tv series Game of Thrones.
  • Artist Kate Cohen won “Most Creative Concept” with her dress crafted from over sixty designer shopping bags. Each bag’s logo was meticulously placed to cascade over one another and the look was finished with a bodice, necklace and earrings made from pink tissue paper and bag handles.
  • Adam Neeley received the award “Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation” for his stylish outfit made from more than three hundred cans of La Croix water. Titled Acqua, Adam crafted thousands of bubble shaped domes using his jewelry-making tools and attached them one by one in a swirling array of colors. Adam’s runway look also impressed the crowd and took home the highly coveted “People’s Choice Award.”
The Festival of Arts is one of the most highly-acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. In the newly renovated, multi-million dollar facility, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
July 5 – September 1, 2018
Open weekdays: 12noon – 11:30pm
Open weekends: 10am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 25 at 1:30pm
General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15
Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11
Children 6 – 12: Daily $5
Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.
Passport to the Arts:
A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 29 – September 2, 2018.
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The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for over 85 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors each year., pub-2907176749232271, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0