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Ninth Trashion/Refashion Show coming to Buskirk-Chumley


Gail Hale shows a recycled fabric, picked up at a sorority house. Hale has been using recycled materials to create art objects ever since she was young. This fabric was used in a trashion fashion event in 2016.  Tae-Gyun Kim Buy Photos

Old Christmas decorations can be worn as clothesin the ninth annual Trashion/Refashion show, coming to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on April 8. The deadline for submissions is March 1.

Founded in 2009 by former Bloomington resident Jeanne Leimkuhler, the Bloomington Trashion/Refashion Runway Show is an event for “students and locals alike to come together to create unique fashion designs made completely from garbage or otherwise unwanted materials,” according to the Facebook page.

All proceeds go to the Center for Sustainable Living and Discardia, a nonprofit co-operative project that aims to reuse materials that would otherwise be discarded.  

Designers can submit up to three designs in either a Trashion or Refashion category with designs consisting of 90 percent or more refashioned or discarded materials. Entrants can submit designs individually or as a group.

Entries in the Trashion category must be produced using waste materials other than fabric. In past years, outfits have been constructed from yoga balls, cat food can lids, videotape, venetian blinds and shrink wrap, according to the Bloomington Trashion press release.

Entries in the Refashion category recycle unworn and discarded garments and cloth, including commemorative T-shirts, graduation gowns, tablecloths and Christmas tree skirts, according to the press release.

Designers are encouraged by the Trashion/Refashion show website to find their own models, but a committee can help place a model for a design. 

Trashion/Refashion “seeks to change beliefs and behaviors about what role clothing plays in our lives,” according to the press release.

Clark Gudas

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