We love fashion, we love the Earth - why not put on a fashion show that encourages conservation and upcycling? That was the basic line of thinking that brought us to the idea to put on Denver's first trash fashion show.
Did you know that the fashion industry has become one of the biggest perps in perpetuating global waste? Sad, we know. Millions of TONS of textiles wasted in 2013 alone! Much of it to landfills. And we're like, why? When you can make truly beautiful and unique fashion pieces out of very little new material, and create next to no waste.
This goes out to the DIYers crafting new outfits for themselves at home out of thrift store stuff, and it also goes out to the high-brow fashion types who want to go all out. So, that's why we're challenging you to make an avant-garde garment fit for the runway - all out of scraps, salvaged material, things that would otherwise be headed for a dump.
It's a Project Runway-esque challenge... but our judges are nicer. There will be seven categories for designers to compete in. Then we have a big party at EXDO to show off what we came up with, and throw some prizes around. We're going to prove that one's materials don't have to be factory-fresh to make something super sweet. Plus, it will give you special vision: to see the junk all around you; litter, alley scores, thrift store t-shirts, your own recycling bin or mailbox contents as possible material for your next creative project.
If you and your friends want to get involved, please do! We're accepting applications for designers, models, and photographers through the website. Or if you just can't wait to see the show, grab tickets for the event on June 9th. Not so sure what kind of cool can come from crap? Check out TrashFashionShow.com's Pintrest page for massive inspiration.