Trash Fashion Show takes place at 8 p.m. today on WWU campus

Western Today staff
  • Designer Jen Girard, dressed as Marie Antoinette, wears a gown of her own creation. Most of the materials came from a single dumpster in Ballard. The main fabric is made from abandoned rain gear, with a hoop-skirt made of construction fencing. The bustier
    Designer Jen Girard, dressed as Marie Antoinette, wears a gown of her own creation. Most of the materials came from a single dumpster in Ballard. The main fabric is made from abandoned rain gear, with a hoop-skirt made of construction fencing. The bustier

Western Washington University will partner with The RE Store to present the 5th Annual Trash Fashion Show at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

The runway show features fashions and accessories crafted from the contents of trash cans and dumpsters. The evening will showcase 30 designs – 20 of which are done by WWU students – that stretch the imagination regarding what is wearable.

The Trash Fashion Show is part of The RE Store’s 9th Annual Recycled Art and Fashion Show with three art galleries and three fashion shows between Bellingham and Seattle. A community tradition, the show challenges professional and amateur designers and artists to craft fashion from landfill-bound materials. This year’s event will add a new designer category to the mix – students – broadening the show’s scope and inspiring a wider audience around creative reuse and reducing waste. It will also mark the first year that the show will be held in an all-ages venue.

Trash fashions will hit the catwalk at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on WWU’s campus. Doors for the show will open at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Trash Fashion Show are $14 general and $11 for students, available through the WWU Box Office, The RE Store, Village Books, and the Community Food Co-op.

WWU Box Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour prior to the performance. For individual tickets or disability accommodations, contact the WWU Box Office at (360) 650-6146 or visit http://www.tickets.wwu.edu or http://re-store.org/trashfashionshow2010.

“We create fashion out of trash in order to entertain, educate, and empower others to rethink, reuse and recycle. Our show breaks down the boundaries of stereotypical beauty and fashion by celebrating bodies of all sizes, shapes, and ages through humor and satire. We might change the way you see the world,” said Lead Designer and Show Coordinator, Robin Worley, a.k.a. “Rayona Visqueen.”

For additional information, please visit The RE Store website at http://re-store.org/.

Photo:

Designer Jen Girard, dressed as Marie Antoinette, wears a gown of her own creation. Most of the materials came from a single dumpster in Ballard. The main fabric is made from abandoned rain gear, with a hoop-skirt made of construction fencing. The bustier
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