Instead of throwing that cardboard coffee sleeve into the recycling bin, why not wear it as a bracelet 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 fifth year. 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. At the same time, the program also promotes recycling and creative reuse. College fashion design students enter, as well as primary/secondary school students, and adults. Every year, they see designs that really earn that "wearable art" title. This year is one of the most impressive we've seen as far as designs and photography goes. Read on to see a small preview of this year's show.
The program has had months of preparation in the form of various workshops at SCRAP Denton that help designers along with the creation process. Last weekend, many of the models and designers had a photoshoot with Denton ISD's Commercial Photography class. A few of the photos from that shoot are embedded below. On Saturday at Keep Denton Beautiful's Redbud Festival there will be an actual fashion show complete with a runway, judges, and food trucks. So head on down to the Civic Center (321 E. McKinney) on Saturday morning to catch some live music, think about the environment for a bit, and then catch a quick fashion show. You can even get a free tree by sitting through a 20 minute class (and it isn't even a time-share tree)! Additionally, there will be live music and tons of stuff to entertain your wee ones. Find out more on Keep Denton Beautiful's website.
Below you can find the Redbud Festival's event schedule and then keep scrolling for a few preview images for Saturday's Trashion Fashion Runway Show which starts at noon.