St. Augustine High School (SAHS) and St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) 12th-grade student Rebecca Cunningham received the First Place Platinum Award in the worldwide Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Fashion Challenge. Her design will now be a permanent addition to the SCAD Challenge online gallery. In addition, Rebecca was rewarded a scholarship for $3,000 a year to attend SCAD.
This year, the SCAD Challenge fashion design competition called for bold, fashion-forward original garment designs that were created using non-traditional materials rather than fabric. From more than 100 entries worldwide, the SCAD Challenge mentors selected 21 finalists whose work exhibited ingenuity, highly developed fashion sensibilities and a willingness to take risks with unfamiliar materials. A panel of faculty judges reviewed the finalists’ garment designs and chose the winner whose work exhibited the greatest potential for success as both a SCAD student and creative professional.
Rebecca’s garment consisted of magazine pages, duct tape, and dryer lint. Model Katrina Harrison modeled the dress at “The Laundry Room” in St. Augustine and was photographed by Olivia Hutcherson with creative assistance from Amelia Hutcherson.
Rebecca has studied under art teachers Amy Banton of Murray Middle School and David Olson of SAHS and credits them and the SJCCA greatly for their guidance throughout her artistic career.
Rebecca plans on attending SCAD and majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management.