‘Trash’n Fashion’ Show in Sausalito Woman’s Club

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Left, Destiny Howell models an outfit by winner Ying Jiang (right) made of recycled plastic spoons. Right, Cate Sidle models a dress made of repurposed men’s dress shirts by winner Kendal Cooper (right). Photos by Marcy Montemayor, Academy of Art University.

The Sausalito Woman’s Club presented the fashion show “Trash’n Fashion: from Throwaway to Runway,” on Saturday, Nov. 2., featuring clothes made using recycled materials.

The show displayed clothing designed by students from two art schools.

Students from the Academy of Art University School of Fashion used recycled materials, such as printed paper, plastic bags and spoons, to construct their designs.

Students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising used repurposed clothing, such as wedding gowns, cotton shirts, and recycled denim in their designs.

Ying Jiang and Kendal Cooper each won a $500 award for their winning designs.

Jiang was inspired by the purity of the white Gardenia flower, and by the wastefulness of single-use plastic cutlery.

“I hope that this beautiful white Gardenia made with plastic spoons will raise the awareness about this environmental issue and reduce the use of disposal tableware,” Jiang wrote. Destiny Howell modeled the piece.

Cooper wanted to explore  “deepening the connection with our everyday wardrobe.” So she used 100 percent cotton poplin from upcycled men’s dress shirts, and repurposed the classic striped men’s dress shirts “into a ‘shirt dress,’ which incorporates button plackets, billowing sleeves and cowl detail.”

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming byproducts, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.

The show was a fundraiser for the Sausalito Woman’s Club Recognition Fund, which will acknowledge, encourage, and financially support deserving scholars from Sausalito and Marin City, so they may reach their higher education goals. The amount of the Recognition Fund will be $60,000.

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