Students win banners-to-bags competition

Erin Crist, Cassondra Ohlin and Sara Cummings are the student winners of Youngstown State University's Banners-to-Bags competition. Their entries were chosen by Nanette Lepore, also pictured, a YSU alumna.

Nanette Lepore, YSU alum and world-renowned fashion designer, is pictured second from the left with three students whose designs were selected the winners of the YSU banners-to-bags competition - from the left, Erin Crist, Cassondra Ohlin and Sara Cummings.

YSU students Cassondra Ohlin of North Lima, Sara Cummings of New Springfield and Erin Crist of Poland, Ohio, are the winners of the YSU Banner Bag Design Competition.

Crist and Cummings are juniors majoring in Fashion Merchandising, and Ohlin is a senior majoring in Graphic Design.

The Banner Bag Design Competition involved taking decorative banners that once hung from light posts and elsewhere on and around the YSU campus and turning them into designer bags. Teams of students in YSU’s Fashion Merchandising and Graphic Design programs collaborated to take the vinyl banners and repurpose them into fashion pieces.

Nanette Lepore, YSU graduate and now a world-renowned fashion designer, judged the entries during her visit to campus on May 19. Lepore received an honorary degree that day at YSU’s spring commencement.

Lepore selected Crist-Ohlin-Cummings as the winning design team. Crist designed a clutch purse; Cummings designed a messenger bag; and Ohlin designed a clutch purse. The three students split a $500 first prize.

The YSU Office of University Development, which came up with the idea for the competition, plans to produce the winning designs and give them away as donor incentives.

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