PhilaU Fashion Designers Named Finalists in Phillies Ball Girl Uniform Design Contest

A current senior and two PhilaU alumni will vie for the “MVP of fashion” as finalists for the Philadelphia Phillies ball girl uniform design contest.

Senior Elizabeth LaBrasca, and alumni Karen Bloomfield ‘08 and Pamela Martin ‘07 were recently selected to compete in the final round against 11 other competitors, showing off their designs in a live runway show at Macy’s Center City on Thursday, March 31. A panel of judges will select their favorite design to serve as the official Phillies ball girl uniform for the 2011 season.

The contest called for local fashion design professionals and students to create a functional yet fashionable uniform for the Phillies ball girls to wear during community appearances throughout the 2011 baseball season. The ball girls make over 150 off-field appearances a year as ambassadors for the team, according to the Philadelphia Phillies website, in addition to fielding grounders in foul territory at the games.

Martin, an associate designer for Destination Maternity’s “A Pea in the Pod” collection, said that she hasn’t entered a contest in a long time, but as a huge Phillies fan she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. “It’s hard to find the time to work on things like this when working full time,” she said. “I think I’ll be pulling some all-nighters just like when I was in school.”

Martin’s design is inspired by the rich history of Philadelphia. “I wanted to focus on the nostalgia of the city,” she said. “My design is very vintage inspired. I pulled color and silhouette inspiration from the early days of the Phillies, but I didn’t want to go too far out of the box because I still wanted the girls to be comfortable and be able to be active in their new uniforms.”

Both Bloomfield, an assistant fashion designer for Lilly Pulitzer, and LaBrasca, a current student and a visual display and merchandising intern for Anthropologie, will also have the opportunity to show off their designs at the contest.

“We are so pleased with the pool of applicants for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge,” said Melissa Ludwig, Macy’s district vice president, in a press release. “Philadelphians have a lot of talent and the finalists selected are all outstanding designers who understand the need for fashion and functionality. They are no doubt the perfect candidates to develop a uniform to represent the Phillies Ballgirls, as well as the Phillies and Macy’s brands.”

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