u'An Oregon State University student models a dress made almost entirely of  condoms at an OSU event similar to the one the Sexual Awareness Center is planning  for April. Photo courtesy Daniel Bachhuber'

u'An Oregon State University student models a dress made almost entirely of condoms at an OSU event similar to the one the Sexual Awareness Center is planning for April. Photo courtesy Daniel Bachhuber'

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The AS Sexual Awareness Center (SAC) is sponsoring a condom fashion show and is looking for designers.

The SAC is looking for anyone interested in using expired condoms to create fashion masterpieces. The call for designers was first open only to art and costume design students, but is now open to students all over campus for the remaining 13 spots, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Each designer will be given 1,000 expired condoms to create a fashion piece: a dress, sportswear, bathing suit or anything students can think of to show off in a runway show. Designers are only limited by the basic standards of decency: nipples, butts and genitals must be covered. Designers must also provide their own model to walk the runway at the event on May 27.

Those not willing to put time into the project need not apply, as making a runway-ready piece will take some long hours and creativity.

“It is a commitment,” SAC Coordinator Jennifer Veliz said. “If you pick up the condoms, you need to make an outfit to go down the runway.”

The condoms were ordered from a warehouse in California that holds thousands of expired condoms. And, because the condoms are no longer usable for safe sex, each design will take sustainability to a new level, which is one of the goals Veliz has for the event.

The purpose of the show is to celebrate safe sex, sustainable art and positive body image, and Veliz said she hopes the designers create pieces to encompass those ideas.
“We emphasize creativity,” she said. “We don’t want to limit people.”

People interested in designing a piece for the fashion show can sign up at the SAC, located in VU 518.