Instead of throwing that cardboard coffee sleeve into the recycling bin, why not wear it as a cuff or a leg warmer? Sound weird? That's the type of thinking that went into the creation of Denton's Trashion Fashion Program. The award-winning program is now in its fourth year and keeps getting better and better. The City of Denton's Solid Waste and Recycling Department, SCRAP Denton, Keep Denton Beautiful and a few other awesome local organizations use the Trashion Fashion initiative to invite designers of all ages to create clothing (or what they call "wearable art") from materials that would otherwise end up recycled or in a landfill. College fashion design students enter, as well as pubic school students and adults. Every year, they see designs that really earn that "wearable art" title; impressive garbs from all ages made from items as inconspicuous as dryer sheets or newspaper clippings.
The program has had months of preparation in the form of various workshops at SCRAP that help designers along the creation process. Last weekend, many of the models and designers had a photoshoot with Denton ISD's Commercial Photography class. Many of the photos from that shoot are embedded below. This saturday, at the Redbud Festival (Quakertown Park by the Civic Center), this year's program will culminate with an actual fashion show complete with a runway, judges, and food trucks. So, if you're the type who likes to chill out on the grass and munch on some banh mi, catch some live music, think about the environment for a bit (recycle that banh mi wrapper, dagnabit) and then catch a quick fashion show - you should probably go to the Redbud Festival. It is free after-all.
Trashion Fashion is part of the 2015 Denton Redbud Festival which is taking place this Saturday, April 18th from 10am - 3pm. Check out the schedule of events below.