Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina invites Asheville-area design teams to compete in its popular Color Me Goodwill upcycled fashion show, which returns to The Orange Peel on April 19, 2024.
The 8th Annual Color Me Goodwill show will feature six designers and teams. Each will receive $200 to shop at local Goodwill stores, which they will deconstruct and transform into a five-piece collection based on their selected color. Each collection features a past Goodwill program participant as one of its models.
“We often say that Color Me Goodwill celebrates the power of second chances,” said Lance Crawford, Goodwill’s director of workforce development in Asheville. “The stunning runway collections show that it’s possible to repurpose secondhand items into high fashion. At the same time, the Goodwill program participants who model in the show share their powerful, inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles and transforming their lives.”
This year, the cash prizes awarded to the first-place winner and audience choice winner have been increased. The first place-winning design team, based on scores by a panel of expert judges, will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The winner of the audience choice vote receives $500.
“Every year, the designers of Color Me Goodwill somehow reach new heights of innovation and creativity,” Crawford said. “We wanted to reward the time and energy that these design teams put into their collections and continue to showcase the craftspeople that make Asheville’s sustainable fashion community so unique.”
Designers may apply for Color Me Goodwill either as an individual or as a team of up to three people. Designers who work individually may also collaborate with up to two assistants. All levels of design experience are welcome.
To apply, visit https://www.goodwillnwnc.org/cmg-designers-contract/ and complete the application materials by Friday, Nov. 17. Applicants will be asked to submit photos of their work or links to an online portfolio, which should be representative of their design skills.