A Fashion Show All About… Garbage?

You just never know what kind of cool things you’ll be asked to participate in! This week, Thursday the 19th, is the Garbage Fashion Show put on by the Coquitlam School District. The contestants, high school students, have a few months to construct a garment out of a recyclable materials (ex. used bottles, plastic bags, old boxes, etc).

Wonder what that could possibly look like? Here are some photos from last year’s event:

The purpose of the fashion show is to raise environmental awareness amidst School District #43’s high schools, and all proceeds from this show will be donated to grassroots charities.

Their fundraising goal is $3000, which will come from ticket sales, raffle draws and a silent auction at the event.

Pretty neat, right? Well guess who’s been asked to be a guest judge?

Me! I get to watch the fashion show and rate the participants. I was asked to be a guest judge by a home ec student, when I gave a presentation at Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody. How could I say no?

I’m excited to be part of something so cool and creative. While it wasn’t that long ago since I was in high school myself, I’m happy to support events that get young people interested in fashion and design. And I love the concept of making something out of nothing. Think of all the re-fashioning we do, updating  and modernizing thrift-store finds to be wearable today. Or rescuing damaged vintage clothing and making it new again. This takes that whole ‘something-out-of-nothing’ concept to a whole new level!

Wouldn’t you have loved to do something like this in high school? Have you ever done something like this? I know I would have been all over it!

Want to see the show? Buy tickets through email (address in the poster above), or watch the promotional video here. If you’re in the Coquitlam area, come on down and support young creative talent!


13 Responses to A Fashion Show All About… Garbage?

  1. Stephanie April 16, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    I participated in something like this in college last year. The participants had to use unconventional materials or upcycle thrift store clothes. It was really fun. Here’s my blog post of everybody’s outfits: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-first-fashion-show.html

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      Super cool! I love the retro style of your outfit. Yay for judges’ choice! :)

  2. Neeno April 16, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Just like in Zoolander! Derelict campaign! That’s awesome.

  3. Jessie Kwak April 16, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Some friends of mine did something similar in Coeur d’Alene a few years back. I was moving out of town before the show actually happened, but I did get a chance to help them out before I left.

    I ended up sewing them a coat of tails out of an old painted canvas (my machine did NOT like that, let me tell you), as well as helping to make fabric out of plastic grocery bags. That was fascinating–you iron them on low until they fuse together, but you don’t want them to melt too much or the plastic becomes hard. It turns into this flowy, translucent material, which was then made into a pettiskirt.

    I’m looking forward to photos!

  4. Eleanor (undeadgoat) April 16, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I’m currently a design student and while there is even a specific class in my department where we do this kind of stuff I’m not sure if I’ll get to take it–this fall it’s offered but I need to take patternmaking and drawing . . .

  5. Nothy Lane April 16, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    When I was in high school some guy made jeans for himeself out of garbage bags!

  6. Elle C April 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    What a hoot! How flattering to be asked to judge, I am sure you will have a blast.

  7. GPetunia April 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Judging from last year’s photos there’s lots of fashion sense to look forward to for the coming contest!

  8. Lenora Jane April 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    We used to do this (though obviously on a much smaller scale!) at summer camp. Sometimes it’d be trash (we’d go around camp and pick up junk, then use it) and sometimes it’d be another limited materiel: “just the stuff from one person’s camp trunk,” or “trash bag fashion” (as in, make everything from Hefty bags!)…the “trash” ones were always my favorite.

  9. Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I went to the show last night… and it was unbelievable!! These are some seriously talented kids. I didn’t have time to take any photos (because they were zipping down the runway and I had to make notes on my judging sheets) but the designs were really well-done!
    One dress was made with hundreds of bus passes, a guy made a suit out of McDonald’s fry containers (so it was yellow striped!) , there were dresses from plastic bags and tissue paper, overalls made from woven candy wrappers. Seriously creative designs!

    There were thirty contestants, too! I got to go on stage and present the winners with their certificates which was pretty cool. If I can get some photos from the event, I’ll post them here!

  10. Kimberly April 22, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    That is a super idea. I’ll have to suggest that as a fundraising idea if I’m ever in a position to suggest it.

  11. Janice Bear April 25, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I LOVE it! I use a lot of upcycled materials in the garters I make, but now I wonder if I could/should go bigger! I have always liked the idea of making a dress entirely out of used dryer sheets…


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