March 3, 2009

Dress made of office surplus wins contest

The prize for most creative entry in a University of Wisconsin contest went to a dress made from air filters, yellow wire, vacuum filters and foam peanuts.

The dress was dubbed the most creative entry in the Madison campus' 100-hour Wiscontrepreneur Challenge, which charged participants to creatively use $15 worth of materials from the school's Surplus With a Purpose, or SWAP, store in a project, The Capital Times of Madison reported Tuesday.

Jessica Cabrera, the student who designed the dress, said she was inspired by some air filters.

I love retail and I love 'Project Runway,' Cabrera said.

The contest involved prizes for entries dubbed most creative, most social value generated, most value generated and people's choice.

The full list of winners can be viewed at the contest's Web site,