Recycled fashion pulls off top prize

Recycled fashion might be all the rage but Manjimup student Minni Karamfiles has taken it to the next level with her design for a dress made from soft drink can ring pulls.

Minni, 16, won the society and environment section and WA designer of the year in the State finals of the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards.

She is one of eight WA teenagers who will compete in the national finals in Melbourne this month.

Her winning dress was made of 6000 ring pulls and recycled white cotton T-shirt material.

Minni formulated a weaving pattern so the ring pulls could be held together securely and be moulded to her body. She said the dress took months to weave while juggling her school, work and ballet commitments.

"On the day of the Manjimup finals, I actually altered the skirt by shortening from ankle length to calf length and tapering the bottom," she said.

"I entered without any expectations and I was very surprised when I was announced as winner of my category and the 2013 designer of the year."

Awards committee member Mike Cully said he was delighted a second Manjimup entrant had made the national finals after Olivia Daubney's success last year.

The West Australian

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