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Models ambled down the runway wearing creations made by artists from recycled materials in a competition held at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach on Saturday.

The Festival Runway Fashion Show was hosted by actress Joely Fisher. The three judges were supermodel Kim Alexis, Laguna Beach Art Commissioner Suzi Chauvel and Pageant of the Masters director Diane Challis Davy.

And the winners are:

• Painter Brad Elsberry, Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor, for his poolside outfit and evening gown made from plastic car covers, grill netting and thousands of gum and candy wrappers.

• Jeweler John Tolle won Most Innovative Use of Materials for hand-sewing Nespresso coffee capsules onto a donated dress that had a skirt made from cardboard boxes. Finishing off the outfit was a hat made from black Nespresso spoons.

• Artist Mariana Nelson won Most Creative Concept with two outfits made of plastic dry cleaning bags. Details were added using red newspaper bags, coral and other sea creatures.

•Adam Neeley received the award for Most Glamorous & Elegant 'Red Carpet' Worthy Creation for an outfit made from more than 8,000 feet of VHS tape and dried leaves painted gold. It was topped off with a black headdress made from feathers and dry cleaning hangers. He also won the vote of the 2,000 people at the event, the People's Choice Award.

•Hedy Buzan won honorable mention for an outfit made from more than 200 trash items found at the beach, including pizza boxes, beach toys, food wrappers and bottle caps.

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