Knappa graduate pieces together dresses of fashion


By Elleda Wilson

Posted: March 18, 2011


The Ear happened to spot an article by GAIL COLE in the Corvallis Gazette-Times about a RECYCLED FASHION SHOW that mentioned EMILY JOHNSON modeling some dresses she designed. Emily, a freshman at Oregon State University, is the daughter of ED and JAN JOHNSON of Brownsmead, and graduated from Knappa High School.

“My roommate is an apparel design major and told me about the show,” Emily explained. “I had already made a dress out of Skittles wrappers, and one from fair ribbons for dances in high school, and decided to enter them both.”

Emily is pictured above, on the runway, in a photo by ANDY CRIPE of the Gazette-Times.

“I got most of the Skittles wrappers from basketball games, but had to buy a few in the end, when I was pressed for time. The ribbons were mostly mine from showing sheep at the Clatsop County Fair and at the Puyallup Western Washington State Fair. Except for the purple ones – they came from a friend of mine who shows horses.”

“The show was really fun,” Emily added. “It was my first time modeling, and so I had to look up model walks and poses on YouTube. I loved seeing everybody’s outfits.”

Reprinted with the permission of The Daily Astorian of Astoria, Oregon.


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