Third Place:

Soreyda Benedit-Begley

Title: Natural Glamour

Fur Free Fashion third place winner Soreyda Benedit-Begley

Garment Description:

Floral printed silk, mermaid silhouette ball gown with puffy sleeves and sweetheart neckline. Pink silk Charmeuse sash as and accent color. A pleaded ruffle attached to the lining sticks out in the bottom giving this dress the fullness and head to toe glamour.

Types of Materials:

Bodice is 100%silk, bodice lining is acetate and polyester, ruffle lining is cotton denim.

Interests in Fashion:

I have never used any fur or leather in my work. I found it totally unnecessary considering all the other materials available. I'm the Director of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, info at Our organization exist to support emerging designers in the are and to created awareness of the importance of sustainable fashion. We encourage our members to use natural or recycle fibers like cotton, hemp, bamboo, soy etc. I'm also a community activist for Fair Trade. I know that it is possible to look beautiful without killing animals.