Story last updated at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2002

Fancy Fashions
by Carey James
Homer News

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Kammi Matson poses in "Shower Me" coat by Matson and Kari Howell, and hat by Jean Murphy on Friday nigt at the "Loose Threads 2002 Wearable Arts" show at Land's End Resort.  
From the first few models who danced across the stage, the Loose Threads 2002 Wearable Arts fashion show appeared to be fairly tame.

That was until Nancy Chastain took the stage wrapped in a plastic gown and with a metal masterpiece, "Chapeau De L'Ecole Weldeeng #1," atop her head. Following that was a tea bag camisole, a coffee bean bag ensemble, a number of garments made from ties, and a coat made from a Vogue magazine and a shower curtain.

And that was just the beginning.

As usual, Homer's version of a fashion show took liberties with the title, especially with money being offered up for the most outrageous recycled garment to cross the stage.

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Gail Baker moves across the stage in "Kuspuk," by Penny Wakefield wile wearing one of her masks titled "FoxFire." The show included more than 75 costumes.  
Among the winners was a little number made of Carrs bags and a piece of medical mesh, titled "A Little Too Too," by Alice Haggerty. Penny Wakefield's yellow plastic bag garment titled "Kuspuk," also took home some prize money, along with Kim Perkins and Mason Blake's "Table for Two at CafE Cups," complete with a pottery mosaic a la Cups, and two large cups strategically, er, placed. Local artist Ann-Margaret Wimmerstadt made a dress using her signature collage style, adding her name to the four-way tie of winners for the $200 prize.

While the prizewinners were among the divine creations to raise the eyebrows of the crowd, others drew applause as well. Among those was a dress made from building supplies, titled "Insulator." The dress, made of carefully pleated Tyvek, was topped with a boa of wrapped, yellow insulation. A cap of Tyvek and insulation provided the final touch. Barb Meyer's "Call Me," made of phone book covers and pages and some telephone chords tossed in for extra decoration caught the audience's eye, as did two wedding dresses made of Kmart bags and assorted other plastic pieces.

The comical and creative recycled works were balanced by some decadent outfits made by the many fiber artists in Homer. A host of exotic vests and

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Alexandra Starr models one of two bridal gowns in the show by Penny Wakfield.  
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Kammi Matson "pointes" out Alice Haggerty's "A Little Too Too."  
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Erin Keene poses in a hand-felted cape by KC Lowe.  
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Erin Keene wears "Salmon Cycle," suit by Lila Ann Krohn.  

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