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Fashion with a twist (w/video)

Meg Shafer, adorned in feathers, window screen, wire hangers, rubber gloves, foam tubing, duct tape and Tyvek, took a turn down the runway at the Construction Couture. Her costume was titled, “I Do Believe in Fairies.” (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)2 / 8
Bailee Atchison of Alexandria combined tinfoil, duct tape and wire for her “Tin Woman” look, designed by Danielle Atchison, for the Construction Couture Saturday night. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)3 / 8
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Those attending the Vikingland Builders Association’s Construction Couture Saturday night at Arrowwood Resort were treated to runway-style fashion with a twist.

The models were wearing construction materials or other unconventional attire.

The third annual event, which also included a silent auction for Douglas County Habitat for Humanity, featured 22 modeling acts who took to the runway wearing duct tape, aluminum screening, sheet-metal squares, shingles and other creative materials.

Some of the models started planning and preparing their fashion ideas last November.

A panel of judges awarded prizes in four different categories and there was also a People’s Choice award.

Here are the winners:

•Show Stopper – Bailee Atchison (Tin Woman) costume designed by Danielle Atchison (Leo Photography) and sponsored by Beverage Wholesalers. This also won the “People’s Choice” award.

•Most Wearable – Brianna Mohn (Country Chic) costume designed by Brianna Mohn, sponsored by Lennes Brothers Electric, Inc.

•Crowd Pleaser – Henry Coleman (Mista Universe) costume designed by Reid Johnson, David Wilson, Lukas Wavra, sponsored by Mid MN Federal Credit Union.

•Materials Miracle – Kinsey Dokken-McFann costume designed by Kaitlin Kortie-Bogntzki, sponsored by Alex Carpet One.

The judges included Lynndene Way, pastor of House of Prayer Church in Alexandria, Matt Gilbertson, commercial lender at Viking Savings Bank and Coni McKay, executive director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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