Fashion Gets Re-Invented with an Artistic Twist at the 2016 Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show

Fashion will enjoy a reinvention on Saturday, August 13 from 1 – 4pm when the crowd-awing Festival Runway Fashion Show returns to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. This isn't your run-of-the-mill fashion show. Just like TV's Project Runway, see who's "in" and who's "out" this year as festival artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused or recycled material.

The 2015 Festival Runway Fashion Show "People's Choice Award" winner created by Festival artist Mariana Nelson

The show "where fashion meets art" is in its eighth year and offers cash prizes of $1,000 in four categories: Most Creative Concept, Most Exciting Ensemble, Most Innovative Use of Materials and Most Glamorous & Elegant "Red Carpet" worthy creation. There will also be a "People's Choice Award" to be voted on at the event. Competing for the top prize are Festival exhibitors Hedy Buzan, Bradley Elsberry, Elizabeth McGhee, Adam Neeley, Mariana Nelson, Casey Parlette, Tashia Peterman, John Repka, Sahar Saljooghi, N.C. Swan and John Tolle.

The event will be hosted by actress Joely Fisher, best known for her roles on Ellen and 'Til Death. Joely, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens, has been nominated for a Golden Globe and made appearances in several television shows, movies and on Broadway. Selecting the winners will be a panel of judges including supermodel Kim Alexis. Kim has been featured in over 500 magazine covers, worked as a fashion correspondent on Good Morning America and appeared in countless commercials.
"Festival Runway Fashion one of the Festival's most popular events of the summer," said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. "The artists put so much effort and ingenuity into crafting these stunning one-of-a-kind runway looks. It's not to be missed!"

About Joely Fisher


Joely Fisher is an Emmy award winning and Golden Globe nominated actress who stands out as a star of television, musical theatre, and motion pictures. Most recently, Fisher starred opposite Brad Garrett in the FOX television show "'Til Death." Joely's film credits have placed her opposite actors such as Jim Carrey in "The Mask", Steve Martin in "Mixed Nuts," and Nick Nolte in "I'll Do Anything." In addition to acting Joely has sung and performed with Bob Hope and for President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush at the Kennedy Center. She has also appeared on Broadway in musicals such as "Cabaret" and "Grease." In addition to her acting career Joely has been named Artist Ambassador for Save the Children and the Celebrity Ambassador for The Dream Foundation.

About Kim Alexis


Kim Alexis has been featured in over 500 magazine covers and six Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, worked as a fashion correspondent on Good Morning America and appeared in countless commercials for companies such as Revlon, Gillette and many others. Over the years, Kim has de-emphasized her career in favor of raising her children. During this time, however, her image has nevertheless evolved; to a large extent, as the result of hundreds of speaking engagements at events sponsored by organizations around the country on topics ranging from health and nutrition, to fitness, parenting, self improvement and women's empowerment. Today, Kim retains the "style credentials" imparted by her fashion-related background, while also being recognized by a growing percentage of the market as an advocate for wholesome values and healthy choices. Kim has 3 grown sons and currently lives in Boulder, CO where she travels for speaking and work. She continues to work towards her life goal o f encouraging, sharing, and inspiring women to be their best in all areas of life through her books, talks, and personal blog.


Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit


July 5 – August 31, 2016

Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm

Early closing August 27 at 1:30pm


General Admission: Weekdays $8, Weekends $12

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $5, Weekends $8

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $24. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters.


The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by
Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,

The Orange County Register and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.


Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


(800) 487-3378

 Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations


Meghan Perez
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator | Festival of Arts

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