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When trashy is good: Fashion show features recyclables

When trashy is good: Fashion show features recyclables
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Plastic bags and stuffed animals may not be what students typically wear on campus, but those unusual materials and others like them will be on display next week at the annual TrashFash recycled fashion runway show.

The show, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, in the Keen Johnson Ballroom on the second floor, is in its fourth year at Eastern. The event strives to go beyond mainstream fashion and to showcase how recycled and up-cycled materials can be turned into wearable art.

The TrashFash event is slated to correspond with another campus tradition, RecycleMania, a national competition in which college campuses compete to see who can do the most to promote waste reduction and recycling.

Melissa Vandenberg, an associate professor of art and design, organizes the annual TrashFash event, she said the idea for the show originated a few years ago when she was contacted by EKU’s Office of Sustainability, which was looking to collaborate on a project. Vandenberg was already directing students in her 3D design class to create wearable sculptures, and she saw how they could incorporate recyclable materials.

The TrashFash allows participants to use any materials they wish so long as they are Eco-friendly, recycled, or up-cycled. Minor accessories—someone’s shoes for example—don’t have to be composed of recyclable-materials, but some participants do consider every last detail of the ensemble, Vandenberg said.

“We try to move beyond functional fashion,” she said, adding that the show’s goal is to put creative use to materials that might otherwise have been thrown away and promote recycling.

Anyone—students, faculty or alumni—are welcome to participate in the event, although they must first register at www.sustainability.eku.edu.

The show will feature a DJ, Mr. Lee Roy, who will be spinning “vintage vinyls,”—which underscores the night’s recycled theme as the models strut down the runway.

“My favorite part is seeing students open up when they go on stage,” Vandenberg said. “It is fun to watch them blossom.”

A panel of four judges will grade the entries, awarding prizes for the following categories:

I’d Totally Wear That

Most Outrageous

Best Upcycled Content

People’s Choice

Best in Show

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Department of Art and Design, Student Life and Environmental, Sustainability and Stewardship.Read more at:sexy prom dresses

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