MORGANTOWN - Allie Boso of Washington, W.Va., wants to be a professional fashion designer some day.
This month, her design skills were displayed worldwide as she won a Halloween costume contest sponsored by Mood Designer Fabrics of New York City. The public voted on the five finalists as selected by staff at Mood.
The daughter of Ed and Anne Boso, she won a $250 gift card to Mood Designer Fabrics. She figures the win also will look good on her resume.
Allie Boso of Wood County won a design contest for her poker chips dress.
Boso, a junior majoring in fashion design at West Virginia University, created a dress using 300 red, white and blue poker chips connected by 2,000 jump rings she wore over a black top and skirt.
Boso said it took her 10 hours to create the poker chip dress. It was part of her 1960s' look, which included white go-go boots.
She had seen a similar dress made out of metal chips but went with poker chips because of their lighter weight.
Although fashion design is centered in large cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Paris, Boso is not sure she wants to work in a large metropolitan area after graduation from WVU.
"I could work in a boutique in a little town," she said.
Boso is looking forward to a fashion trip to New York City next spring.
Boso said she started making clothes while in high school at Parkersburg South High School. She creates mostly casual dresses and shirts for others and she also makes jewelry.
Mood Designer Fabrics is the fabric home to the TV show "Project Runway."