Green is golden and by any standard the fashion show presented Saturday by the Festival of Arts was a 24-karat winner.
Talented festival exhibitors created nine eco-friendly designs from at least 80% recycled or natural materials, the second year, to an even more enthusiastic audience than in 2009.
The show opened with a design by jewelers Barbara Hendricks and last year's inaugural show winners. They called it Festival Diva, a party dress in keeping with the Pageant of the Master's theme: "Eat, Drink and Be Merry."
"The artists spent hours emptying wine bottle and beer cans for their art," said Arts Commissioner and festival board member Pat Kollenda, who served as commentator for the show.
Materials included packaging from chips and oranges; wine and beer bottles and old tickets from the opening night party.
"Mona Lisa [whose face embellished the tickets] is doing a peek-a-boo somewhere on this ensemble." Kollenda said.