Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Fashion/Design student Daniela Vazquez (left) of West Des Moines models an outfit designed by Paige Amdahl (right) of Waukee at the “Mixed Messages Fashion Gala” held April 14 at West End Architectural Salvage in downtown Des Moines.

The outfit was made of a shower curtain liner, duct tape, key rings and fresh flowers. The theme of this year’s gala was “A Journey Home.” All designs for the show have been inspired by landmarks, attractions, festivals and the culture of Des Moines. Vazquez’s outfit was inspired by the Botanical Center.