Keep Orlando Beautiful Hosts Eco-Fashion Show Turning “Trash 2 Trends”
Have you ever seen a model wearing only trash? Though this may sound somewhat gross I can assure you all the garments made for Trash 2 Trends use trash that has been fully sanitized and is completely clean. The 3rd Annual Trash 2 Trends Fashion Show happened this past Saturday at SeaWorld’s Port of Call, it was the biggest and most exciting show thus far. This years spectacle featured outfits made from trash that was supposed to go to a landfill including things like maps, bus passes, broken umbrellas, packing peanuts, and shower loofahs just to name a few. We also saw the biggest turn out in attendance and in designers who entered their original gowns and dresses to be modeled.
Of the 33 designers only five had the opportunity to win an award, though all of them were real winners for their efforts in sustainability and waste reduction. Aside from the designers being featured the event also introduced three local artists who use recycled materials to create beautiful and original art. The crossroad of the fashion community with environmental actives was very awesome to see and showed that these two presumable different crowds had many similarities. We can only assume that next year will be bigger, better, and make a larger impact on sustainability efforts and recycling!
Check out the winners below.
WINNER for AVANT GARDE
Designer: Bethany Mikell
Model: James Gray
Title: Metal Guru
Materials Used: plastic bags, cardboard and shoe boxes, plastic bottles, fabric scraps (lining), quilt batting scraps (from old comforter), thread
“Metal Guru” was inspired by the T.Rex song of the same name and is an avant-garde nod to ‘70s glam-rock. The materials used were mostly odds and ends that were found while Bethany was cleaning her sewing and design room. She found quite a few bags, boxes, and scrap fabric and wanted to use as much of these materials as possible, without throwing the majority in the recycling bin or trash. She experimented with quilting plastic bags and creating “feathered” trash bag fringe, cut cardboard into various paillettes, and applied textile paint for the metallic finish.
WINNER for TOP DESIGN
Designer: Christina Woodman
Model: Brittany Heidemann
Title: Dream in Black and White
Materials: Used bicycle inner tubes, pleated paper (leftover from commercial fabric pleating), worn down bicycle chain, used plastic shopping bags.
As an avid cyclist, Christina is always sorry to throw away her inner tubes when she gets flat tires because they seem to have so much more life left in them. The smoothness and curves of the tubes remind her of the curves of the body, which inspired her to use them on the bodice. The pleated crispness of the paper serves as a great contrast to the curves of the inner tube bodice. The colors of the materials remind her of the iconic colours of the Ascot races, which she stylistically exemplified in my design.
WINNER FOR BEST USE OF MATERIALS
Designer: Gail K. Warner
Model: Laura Greer
Title: Bling Ring
Materials Used vintage place mats , over 550 plastic 6-pack rings, small plastic wine bottles, CDs, 189 foils from bottles of wine, feathers leftover from a fascinator, garden fencing
Ziggy Stardust has descended upon Downton Abbey and now Lady Mary wants to be Lady Gaga. Gail’s inspiration came from the textures, shapes and colors found each week in items destined for her recycle bin. She created this look to demonstrate the volume of post-consumer waste that is accumulated in a relatively brief period of time. All items used in the creation of Bling Ring were collected in less than two months.
WINNER FOR AUDIENCE CHOICE
Designer: Helaine Schneider
Model: Angela Rollo
Materials Used: polyethylene plastic, scraps from banners from a sign making companies dumpster
This dress is like an onion, there are many layers. Just when you think you know what to expect everything changes right before your eyes. Some people choose to see things in black and white; Helaine chooses to see all of the colors.
WINNER for MOST WEARABLE
Designer: Nancy Alonso
Model: Ivana Fiorella
Title: The Wave
Materials Used : Mostly recyclables form the hospital including packing materials, medicine caps, plastic bottles, newspapers, other plastics and cardboard
Nancy’s inspiration came from work, as she saw packages delivered. The products and medicine used on daily basis made her think about flow and movement, like the waves. Nancy’s dress has materials from her job, like boxes, spoons, bags, medicine caps and plastic bottles. Using fabric manipulation, she is able to create waves around the body to represent the constant movement of materials.
Photographs by Christina Astore