Stratford Hairdressing Show features all the news that is worthy to wear

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STRATFORD – “Extra, extra, read all about it,” shouted an artist playing the role of a newspaper seller to draw attention to the start of an unusual fashion show at the Stratford Ramada Inn on Friday.

Models in a Salon segment ‘Hair Showcase, Fantasy Hair Competition, and Barber Competition wore clothing created entirely from the Connecticut Post newspapers. The recycled clothing was created by Christopher D. Fountain, an award-winning hairstylist and teacher at the Brio Academy of Cosmetology in Fairfield and Bridgeport.

Designers, and some models, aren’t fashion students. They are Brio students who aspire to careers in hair and skin care salons. It was actually their hairstyles that had to be judged by a panel of experts, but the newspaper tailoring was the result of a cost control effort.

“We were trying to save on the budget so I had the idea of ​​asking the students to make their outfits from newspapers,” said Fountain, who is known for his creativity and the fashions he creates from of human hair. Fountain recently won first place in the Hair GaGa competition at the Golden Scissors Awards in Washington, DC, and her collection of human hair costumes was featured at the Salons’ Hair Showcase final.

“I don’t know where he finds the time to do all of this. It’s a lot of work. Everything is hand braided and sewn from hair,” said Felicia Blake, 26, of Stratford, a recent graduate. of Brio Academy, owner of a hairdressing salon in Waterbury. Shed modeled one of Fountain’s outfits.


Fountain said it took her three months, working eight hours a day, to make one of her outfits.

Project Runway’s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn would be proud of the track-worthy student work.

Dasy Saldana, 22, of Bridgeport, made a newspaper dress with many pleats and origami newspaper roses. It took him three weeks to do it. “I have so many diaper diapers it’s not funny. It’s very heavy,” Saldana said.

Shawn Deque, 21, of Bridgeport, wore a newspaper suit, which included slacks, waistcoat and shoes. “I can’t bend that much, but I can walk,” he said.

Shavonne Andino’s journal dress was designed and made by Taraine Chandler. Both are from Stratford.

“We had fun doing it. I loved it. It allowed us to use our creativity,” Chandler said.

Other students also made clothes made from human and synthetic hair. Bridgeport designer Melissa Seide, 22, included various types of colorful candy in her hair costume, worn by model Kelsey Morey, 19, from Monroe.


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