Columbia College Students Create Fashionable Clothing Using Recycled Airline Materials

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Senior Melissa Petersen irons a skirt for her design, which was inspired by a perfume bottle.
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Senior William Baker hand sews the back of his dress.
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Senior Nicole Luczak decides where to place additional fabric on her design, which was inspired by MAC makeup.
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Senior Javier Solano hand sews the bottom of his jacket, which was inspired by a Harley Davidson bandana.
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Senior Juan Rivera decides where to paint a pattern on his skirt, which was inspired by a Brighton bracelet of a similar design. Rivera's design was constructed out of multiple duffle bags.
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Senior Jessica Barajas pins and sews the sleeves of her dress, inspired by a purple Talie scarf.
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Senior Nicole Ramos constructed her dress entirely out of banners, similar to those that hang in the O'Hare airport.
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Senior Lyndee Boyce constructed her dress using materials like duffle bags and pillow cases. Boyce said that she wanted to work with unconventional materials for her design.
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Senior Ashley Velazquez finishes up hand sewing bottom of her dress, which was inspired by a Brookstone scarf.
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Petersen uses a sewing machine to add the final touches to her design.
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Senior Courtney McHenry drew inspiration for her water resistance design using a pair of green glasses from the sunglass hut.
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Chicago Department of Aviation
The designs, which were photographed at Terminal 1, will be on display through the month of March.
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Chicago Department of Aviation
The display will be at Terminal 3 through March 17, and will move to Terminal 5 on March 24.
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Chicago Department of Aviation
The designs will be moving to Terminal 5 on March 24.
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Chicago Department of Aviation
The competition ends on March 31 at Terminal 5, where judges will decide who created the most innovative garment.
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