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Hello, fabulous fashionistas!  I must tell y’all about a magnificent event that I attended at the Birmingham Museum of Art…drum roll please…Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 Rising Design Star Reception! It was an incredible experience getting to admire the wonderful pieces of wearable art created by middle and high school students from all over the great state of Alabama.

These young and talented rising stars designed garments using nontraditional items (garbage bags, paper, food bags, can tops, bubble wrap…) and assembled these upcycled items with glue, wire, staples, or tape. The top forty designs were on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art from January 13 through February 10 for all to admire.

From the top forty, thirty were selected and announced at the Rising Design Star Reception.  These creative and talented students will continue to the next level of the competition where they will showcase their garments on the BFW runway in an attempt to not only win scholarship money, but also to claim the title of 2013 Rising Design Star.

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If you missed seeing the Rising Design Star display at the Birmingham Museum of Art, no need to fret! I have pictures for all to see! So, without further ado, here are some of the garments by this year’s Birmingham Fashion Week Rising Design Star competitors!

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Designer: Kayla Kittle, age 14. Kayla attends Davis Emerson Middle School.

Let’s give a big red, white and blue salute to designer Kayla Kittle (age 14, David Emerson Middle School) for her awesome use of plates and patriotic pride!

Designer: Audrey Gibbs, age 12. Audrey attends Russell County Middle School.

Yum! Everything is better with bacon! Designer: Audrey Gills, age 12. Audrey attends Russell County Middle School.

This dress is ready to party it up for Mardi Gras!

This dress is ready to party it up for Mardi Gras!

Designer: Savannah Smith, age 18. Savannah attends Fultondale High School.

Designer: Savannah Smith, age 18. Savannah attends Fultondale High School.

I absolutely love Savannah's design! My favorite touch was the colored washers embellishing the shoulder and side of the dress!

I absolutely adore Savannah’s design! The colored washers embellishing the shoulder and side of the dress are superb!

This creative suit was designed by Odelia Huang (age 14) of Pizitz Middle School. I love the green bowtie-terrific accent!

This creative suit was designed by Odelia Huang (age 14) of Pizitz Middle School. I love the green chevron accents on the bowtie, buttons and handkerchief!

This lavender frock was ever so cleverly designed! I love the rainbow flower accents!

This lavender frock was ever so cleverly designed! I love the rainbow flower accents!

This dress makes me ready to go on an adventure! Who is up for a safari?!

This dress makes me ready to go on an adventure! Who is up for a safari?!

What a humdinger of a frock! This lovely hummingbird dress was designed by Bradford Billingsly (age 11) of Pizitz Middle School.

What a humdinger of a frock! This lovely hummingbird dress was designed by Bradford Billingsly (age 11) of Pizitz Middle School.

The VIP loves, loves, loves, the top of this beautiful art piece by Shannon Marie Ellis (age 17, attends Shades Valley High School)!

The VIP loves, loves, loves, the top of this beautiful art piece by Shannon Marie Ellis (age 17, Shades Valley High School)!

This high-low dress masterpiece was designed by Olivia Kampworth (age 17, attends Vestavia Hills High School).

This high-low dress masterpiece was designed by Olivia Kampwerth (age 17, Vestavia Hills High School).

Rising Design Star, Jamesa Fletcher, designed this bright art piece that the VIP would adore to wear! What can I say...I am  sucker for bright colors!

Rising Design Star, Jamesa Fletcher, designed this bright art piece that the VIP would totally wear! What can I say…I am sucker for bright colors!

I loved getting to meet Jamesa's family! They were so sweet that I just had to get my picture with all of them for the blog!

I loved getting to meet Jamesa’s family! They were so sweet that I just had to get my picture with all of them for the blog!

I enjoyed getting to meet the fabulously dressed designer! Her garment was very colorful and made me crave Doritos!

I enjoyed getting to meet this fabulously dressed designer! Her garment was very colorful and made me crave Doritos!

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I say this dress designed by Erin Killian (age 15) is petal perfection!

I say this dress designed by Erin Killian (age 15) is petal perfection!

This color-tastic dress was designed by Cayla P. Sexton (age 12) of Pizitz Middle School.

This color-tastic dress was designed by Cayla P. Sexton (age 12) of Pizitz Middle School.

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Cecily Anderson (age 13) designed this spectacular frock! She attends Pizitz Middle School)

Cecily Anderson (age 13) designed this spectacular frock! She attends Pizitz Middle School.

Emily Butler (age 17) of Vestavia Hills High School created this whimsically perfect frock the VIP wants to wear! Don't you absolutely love it!

Emily Butler (age 17) of Vestavia Hills High School created this whimsically perfect frock the VIP wants in her closet! Don’t you absolutely love it!

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Drew Rutland created cute comic book pants that I am totally infatuated with! I cannot wait to see his design modeled on the BFW runway! (Drew Rutland, age 17, Florence High School)

Drew Rutland created infatuating comic book pants that gets five stars from the VIP! I cannot wait to see his design modeled on the BFW runway! (Drew Rutland, age 17, Florence High School)

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I posed with Peyton Boyd's (age 17) techno-savvy art piece at the reception. I am truly wowed by the concept of this fantastic frock!

I posed with Peyton Boyd’s (age 17) techno-savvy art piece at the reception. I am truly wowed by the concept of this fantastic frock!

Rachel Irvin of SMIC Academy created this sleek silver dress. I love the fabulous neckline!

Rachel Irvin of SMIC Academy created this sleek silver dress. I love the fabulous neckline!

I just had to get my picture taken with Preston Mills (age 17) and his breath taking design that weighs a whopping 35 pounds! What a masterpiece!

I just had to get my picture taken with Preston Mills (age 17) and his breath taking design that weighs a whopping 35 pounds! What a masterpiece!

Annie Bloomston's garment won the "People Choice Award". her design has automatically advanced to the BFW Saturday night runway event. Big congratulations to you, Annie!

Annie Bloomston’s (age 16) garment won the “People Choice Award”. Her design has automatically advanced to the BFW Saturday night runway event. Big congratulations to you, Annie!

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The VIP was very delighted to have met the fabulous Jeremy Stephens! He is the owner and master stylist at the Association of Independent Artists in Hoover, Alabama.

The VIP was very delighted to meet the fabulous Jeremy Stephens! He is the owner and master stylist at the Association of Independent Artists in Hoover, Alabama.

Jeana Fleming, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week, was looking totally glamorous at the Rising Design Star Reception so I just had to get a picture with her!

Jeana Fleming, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week, was looking totally glamorous at the Rising Design Star Reception so I just had to get a picture with her!

I want to give a special congrats to all of the 2013 Rising Design Star Competitors! You all did a fantastic job with your designs!

I want to give a special congrats to all of the 2013 Rising Design Star Competitors! You all did a fantastic job with your designs!

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Don’t you want one of each of those wearable pieces of art! All of the Rising Design Stars did such an amazing job creating their masterpieces! Let’s give a round of applause to these fabulous students!

Join the excitement of Birmingham Fashion Week and visit their website, www.bhamfashionweek.com, to see the schedule of events and to purchase tickets! I hope to see all of my ridiculously fabulous readers there!

You can keep up with the latest media coverage of Birmingham Fashion week @ www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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