**postponed until earth week!!** 




"Trashy Fashion Show"


Event features recycled designs created and modeled by students and adults. Fashions are to be made from at least 75% recycled materials that would otherwise be discarded. NO VINTAGE CLOTHING. Read complete rules of submission below. 

HCC Ybor City Campus- Main Theater

Saturday April 20th

You may particiapte in one of the four (4) Following Categories

K-5 Grade, 6-8 Grade, 9-12 Grade, OR Adults

Admission Fees:  $10 (12 and up) (11 and under free with adult admission)

Participants Are Not Required To Pay An Admission Fee

HCC Students will receive a credit of $10 toward Beyond Sustainability Conference registration 

Register to enter the Trashy Fashion Show by 1/31/2013

Information about Costume design due by 2/20/2013

Sustainability Logo 

  designers must complete a committment form by march 31 here.

Desiners must complete an outfit submission form by april 12 here.

A  double sided PDF flyer (annoucment, guidelines, and commitment form) is available here for your printing and distribution needs.


For More Information Contact

  Phyllis Green pgreen@hccfl.edu 813-917-0935 or Resham Shirsat rshirsat@hccfl.edu 813-757-2136

Rules of Submission:

One designer may submit more than one design. Any age designer/model can submit a 'trash'ion design. Submissions must be an original fashion creation of the group or individual applicant(s). Fashions must be made from at least 75% recycled or reused materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled, this does NOT include vintage clothing. Ideal fashions will help to reinforce an environmental message through a theme or contents of fashion. This is an educational, family-friendly show for all ages. Therefore, we request that designs are not too revealing and models may be asked to wear secondary clothing underneath their design. No sharp edges or other items that could potentially harm the model or other models may be used in fashions. Group/class designs are encouraged. Groups are able to participate in their corresponding age categories. Models may have no more than one backstage helper during the show.


Suggestions for “Trashions”

Material Suggestions:

Consider how these items can be cut, folded, molded, knotted, shredded,stitched, woven or reconstructed to make an outfit or specific sections withinthe design.

  • Scraps of textiles or tiles
  • Recyclables – paper, plastics, aluminum, steel, cardboard, magazines,books, phone books, etc.
  • Beverage bottle caps or six-pack rings
  • Burlap or plastic bags
  • Old toys or game pieces
  • Packaging materials
  • Found outdoor objects – pinecones, sticks, etc.
  • Food containers (clean)
  • Anything bound from the garbage or recycling bin 

Ideas for Finding Materials:

  • These are some starter ideas, but the possibilities are endless!
  • Ask friends/neighbors to collect materials such as plastic grocery bags for you
  • Shrink wrap – any grocery or department store
  • Any manufacturing industry, business or corporation
  • Canvas scraps – canvas bag industry
  • Misc. fabrics – garment industry, upholstery shops, interior designers,carpet samples, etc.
  • Burlap bags – coffee roasters
  • Silver plastic coffee bags – Coffee Shops
  • Recycled materials – your local recycling center
  • Lost & Founds
  • Closets
  • Basements 

Means to Attach Materials

Try to use environmentally-friendly glues, dyes, paints, resins, etc. and bemindful of the weight of materials being used in the finished product.

  • Hot glue gun or crazy glue
  • Machine or hand sewing
  • Packing or duct tape
  • Safety pins or staples
  • Weaving, braiding, lacing, crocheting or knitting materials
  • Paper clips or rubber bands
  • Natural adhesives – rice, flour with water mixture or milk/vinegar/bakingsoda mixture  

Planning Suggestions

  • Designers should make sketches of outfit from all angles
  • What is the base material for the garment going to be?
  • Is there a theme?
  • Compile a sample board of materials to be used
  • Sketch the outfit with accessories
  • Collect materials to be used▪ Create a small scale outfit to get familiar with materials
  • Assemble outfit
  • Fit outfit to model during the entire process 

Trouble-Shooting Tips

  • Garments need to be well made and safe – no sharp materials or edges
  • Consider the comfort of the outfit. Can model walk up stairs, on the runway,sit, see, etc.?
  • Be aware of the weight of the accumulated materials
  • Be mindful of materials selected to fasten garments and accessories
  • Use sturdy thread, tape, etc. and test first
  • Try to use environmentally-friendly glues, dyes, paints, resins, etc.
  • If pattern is unclear, make a 3D small-scale version
  • Ask for assistance if you get stuck (no pun intended)
  • Allow enough time to make outfit – there are ALWAYS unforeseen challenges
  •  Fit garment on model several times during the process 

Sources of Inspiration

  • Recycle Runway, Nancy Judd: recyclerunway.com
  • Gary Harvey, garyharveycreative.com
  • Junk to Funk, Portland, OR: junktofunk.org
  • Cameron’s Pinterest, pinterest.com/cameron_ruen/trashy-fashions