By Scrubadoo’s Jen Hankin
Who would have ever thought Scrubs could be fashionable? Students from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design were selected to create three looks using medical scrubs and modeled them in a Scrubbed Into Fashion Show at TCF Bank Stadium. Scrubadoo was the main sponsor for the event, donating all the scrubs which were then turned into garments.
The Scrubbed Into Fashion Challenge, in it’s second annual installment, is a “Project Runway”inspired event produced by the Medical School Student Council and the Fashion and Business student group.
Eight c design students were selected & asked to create a ready-to-wear look, a couture look, and a traditional medical attire look. The theme this year was African culture. Scrubbed Into Fashion partnered with the Smile Network, a Minnesota-based nonprofit which provided reconstructive surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries. All proceeds were given to the Smile Network, who’s next destination is Africa.
The Fashion Show had about 450 attendees and tripled last year’s earnings, raising about $15,000. This money will go toward funding 30 surgeries for an upcoming mission to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Students from the University’s dental and medical schools modeled the African-inspired garments. As an added challenge, this year’s designers had to incorporate a male model in their runway collections. Most of the designers saw this as their biggest challenge.
“I wanted to create an opportunity for young talent to flourish,” Radke said. “And to see my crazy, zany dream become a reality.”