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Several New Richmond residents "made it work" on the runway Sept. 24.

The Modern Vintage Fashion Show at The SPACE was the finale to the Fashion Runway class taught by Carol Jones, a New Richmond-based designer and seamstress.

"I came up with the idea," Jones said. "No one sews anymore and I'm out to convert them. The class was supposed to be kind of like Project Runway."

Project Runway is a fashion design reality show where contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes. Their designs are judged and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

In New Richmond on Thursday, no one was eliminated and Jones said she couldn't be more proud of her students.

"Everybody wins," she said. "They really made it work."

Some students, including Ella Zak, were sewing until the last minute.

"I was running all around St. Paul at 9 p.m. last night," the St. Catherine University sophomore said with a laugh.

Zak is an apparel design major, so the Fashion Runway class was right up her alley.

"I've always known I wanted to do this," she said of her love for design. "I like to feel good in what I'm wearing and I want to project that to other people."

The biggest challenge was managing her time, Zak said.

"I've made clothes before, but it was on my own time," she said.

Karla Ness said she enrolled in the class after being approached by Jones.

"I learned a ton," she said. "Carol is so good at what she does."

Ness said her favorite part of the class was using the different materials and learning about the vintage fabrics.

"I'm really interested in the fabrics and putting patterns together," she said. "I love the Edwardian style -- high collars and ruffles."

The Fashion Runway class focused on how vintage designs made their way into modern fashion.

Themed "what goes around comes around," the Modern Vintage Fashion Show was a nod to fashion through the years and shown in conjunction with Heritage Days to tie in past fashions. Vintage clothing from the New Richmond Preservation Society was also featured on the runway.

Sponsors of the Modern Vintage Fashion Show were Sew Unique, The SPACE, New Richmond Community Ed, WITC, The New Richmond Heritage Center and Hair Company and Spa.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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