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By Tate M. Slaven, ’14
In preparation for the 2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the Rigas Family Theater in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Tread Lightly has hosted biweekly workshops for the past month to help designers with their eco-fashions.
The Trashion Fashion Show is part of the Recyclemania initiative on the St. Bonaventure University campus, and Tread Lightly uses it as a means to demonstrate that there are multiple ways to incorporate recycling into your daily life.
“It’s built as a design competition,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator at the Quick Center. “Challenging participants to combine high fashion with environmental awareness in an effort to construct works that are both eco-friendly and eco-couture, we really see it as a fun and creative way to live a more sustainable life beyond simply sorting recyclables into buckets or bins.”
There are roughly 15 participants this year, which almost doubles last year’s contributors. All members of the campus community were invited to enter their designs, and various campus clubs and organizations have sponsored designs in efforts to support the recycling initiatives.
Adelaide Hahn, a sophomore sport studies major, is one of the Tread Lightly members who helped with the inaugural event last year. This year Hahn is a featured artist for the show. She will be sporting a Pinterest-inspired dress made out of recycled Pokémon cards.
“I love being part of this event,” Hahn said. “I’m a science major, so I use this as a creative stress release.”
Mandatory workshops included walk-throughs where designers and models could bring their designs for progress checks and to practice the show’s sequence. Participants will be judged and have the opportunity to win titles such as Top Trashionista, Most Creative Use of Recyclables and the People’s Choice.
The runway show is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Sean Conklin at email@example.com or Sr. Suzanne Kush at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about Recyclemania is available at www.sbu.edu/Recyclemania.
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