Recycled Fashion Hits the Runway in Vancouver May 5
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
Vancouver, Wash. (April 15, 2014)
–Top “trashion” designers and upcycling aficionados are sharing their unique creations made from 100% used, discarded and repurposed materials during Washington State Recycling Association’s (WRSA) second annual Recycled Fashion Show at the Vancouver Hilton Ballroom on Cinco de Mayo. This fun, family-friendly show starts at 6:30 pm on Monday, May 5 and is open to the public for $20. Ticket prices include access to the show, one complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to purchase your ticket online, go to www.wsra.net
The goal of the show is to raise awareness about the vast array of materials we accumulate and encourages participants and audience members to think creatively about reuse and recycling. Every outfit to hit the catwalk was made by hand, and showcases many materials that were otherwise landfill-bound. Designs were created by a wide variety of individuals across Washington, including professional designers, ambitious trashion design enthusiasts and designers-in-training from design schools across the state including the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT). All student designs entered in the show will be eligible for audience awards, including cash prizes and a professional sewing machine.
“We’ve put this show together to inspire sustainable behavior and encourage people to think about their relationship with stuff,” commented Candy Castellanos, WSRA board member and Public Education Manager, Waste Management PNW.
Thirty “fashionista” leaders from the Washington State recycling industry and students will flaunt the designer detritus on the catwalk while the emcee details the surprising source and vision behind each outfit.
“Expect the unexpected at this show – if it can be thrown away, it’s fair game!” added Castellanos. “Designers used everything at their disposal including plastic bottles, food packaging, soda pop tops, junk mail and plastic grocery bags that were woven, crocheted, pleated or sewn.”
The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA), formed in 1976, provides leadership, networking, advocacy and education to foster the expansion, diversity and economic vitality of recycling in support of sustainable resource management. Its 280 member organizations and over 700 individual members include private, community and government recycling agencies, generators of recyclables, collectors, processors, transporters, broker, commodity markets, recycled content product manufacturers, and others. Contact Washington State Recycling Association, 206-244-0311, www.wsra.net