University student wins international prize for gloves constructed from beer cans
A pair of fashionable gloves constructed of beer cans?
Sounds inconceivable -- and painful -- to many fashion connoisseurs.
But after the idea became a reality for a Denton resident studying fashion design at the University of North Texas, she walked away with a "best accessory" award in an international fashion competition in Paris.
Inessah Selditz clinched the accessory prize for United States competitors at last month's Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode (International Contest of Young Creators of Fashion) for her origami-inspired gloves. Judges chose a top accessory from each country. Selditz's prize was 450 Euros – about $550.
Known as a prestigious international contest for fashion design students, the Paris competition included entries from 17 countries. Contestants were required to create designs balancing art and industry. Selditz qualified for the competition by placing in the top three special awar ds in the semifinal competition held in San Francisco in November.
She designed the gloves after looking at origami and Japanese paper-cutting books. She created her long red gloves out of beer cans – the lightest and most cost-effective metal she could find after scouring sheet metal suppliers and unsuccessfully experimenting with aluminum foil. She dove into recycling bins to collect beer cans and worked six to seven hours a day for a month to perfect her creation.
Selditz cut open the beer cans, straightened them out on her kitchen counter, glued them together with industrial glue and recovered them with vinyl. The result: An elegant and avant-garde pair of gloves.
Selditz's creation was modeled on the runway of the Carrousel du Louvre, part of the Louvre museum, and judged by renowned embroiderer Francois Lesage.
Selditz also created a dress created out of photographs to display in a recent exhibit at UNT's art gallery in the University Union. She hopes to work for a designer in New York after graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in fashion design and a minor in fashion merchandising
She says attending the competition was inspiring.
"Just to see the greatest works of art and architecture and design in the world is really amazing, and to have your stuff in a show in the most famous museum in the world is a mind blowing experience," she says. "It's really surreal and pretty humbling, to be honest. "