Kicking off Earth Week on Monday at the Memorial Union patio was Trashion Show 2008, presented by the ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) and the Student Fashion Association (SFA).
Models sashayed down the runway in designs made entirely from recyclable or reused material. Sixteen looks were featured at the show, including a red
mini-dress adorned with CDs found at the recycling center and accessorized with a bag made from a cereal box by junior design major Frankees Samad. A ballet-inspired dress made from trash bags by first-year Sarah Silva also took the stage.
Prizes were given out to designs that were judged as the most sustainable. Rachel Aquino, a first-year political science major, won third place with a dress created from newspapers from the Cuarto Dining Commons. Senior textiles and clothing major Maureen Dougherty won second place with her refashioning o
f a shawl into a strapless dress and for a design made from a vintage dress from the ’80s.
First place was awarded to senior design major Emilia McFarland with “Zabra,” a zebra-inspired dress she made from thrift finds at Goodwill and old sweaters she found at home.
“You can’t sacrifice animals, but to mimic the beauty proves that you can still make a spectacular evening dress out of recycled clothing,” McFarland said. “I truly believe in saving everything to recreate something new.”
Monday was the second Trashion Show presented by the EPPC and SFA.
“We try to incorporate other causes to show that there’s more to fashion,” said SFA co-president Rebeca Martinez, asophomoretextiles and clothing major. “I think that secondhandthrift stores are great for the environment and a lot more economical as well.”
Amy Marchiando, a sophomoredouble majoring in textiles and clothing and art studio, said she hoped the show would help raise awareness about environmentally conscious clothing.
“Think outside the box,” she said. “There are other options besides buying something at the mall.”
-Text by Rachel Filipinas
-Photos by Joey Kunin