Pinay wins grand prize in U.S. fur-free fashion design contest

AsianWeek reports that Filipina Johana Zara snagged the grand prize winner in the seventh annual "Cool vs. Cruel" fashion design competition of The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes. Zara bested over 200 other entries. She used long faux-fur, faux-suede, and polyester chiffon for her Fendi-ispired piece

Fashion designer Johana Zara (right) with her model. (Photo posted on The Humane Society of the United States Facebook page)

 

AsianWeek reports that Filipina Johana Zara snagged the grand prize winner in the seventh annual "Cool vs. Cruel" fashion design competition of The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes. Zara bested over 200 other entries. She used long faux-fur, faux-suede, and polyester chiffon for her Fendi-ispired piece

 

Zara will receive an expense-paid, weeklong internship in New York City with fur-free designer Victoria Bartlett. She told AsianWeek: "This means a lot to me as I just decided to focus on fashion design this year. My passion for sketching and creating came out through this competition and winning makes me feel that design is the right route for me."

 

The judges included designers John Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett, Marc Bouwer, Ally Chomer, Leanne Hilgart and Elizabeth Olsen; fashion photographer Nigel Barker; PAPER Magazine editor Mickey Boardman; and The Discerning Brute blog founder Joshua Katcher.

 

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