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The Trashion Fashion Show at St. Bonaventure University will mark its sixth fashion runway showcase this year as a kickoff to Earth Day events on across the university’s campus.
The annual runway show, dubbed “Bona’s Gets Trashy,” will feature outfits designed from 90 percent post-consumer materials and will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Rigas Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus. The show is free and open to the public.
The environmental fashions will be created and modeled by St. Bonaventure students along with students from local area high schools. Each designer or design team has been challenged with establishing a theme and creating a wearable outfit worn by a model the day of the runway show. The goal of the competition is to combine high fashion with environmental awareness to create functional looks that highlight the importance of recycling, upcycling and sustainability practices in our daily lives.
“Our first runway show opened six years ago in what was then the museum’s third floor Loft space and the turnout was unbelievable. I knew then we had stumbled onto something amazing,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator of the Quick Center and Trashion Fashion coordinator. “I’ve been a part of the experience from the beginning and something happens in each and every show that still surprises me. I think that’s what keeps bringing people back to the event.”
Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center, is also continuously impressed at the ingenuity of the student designers.
“To see our local high school and St. Bonaventure students take items we consider refuse and turn them into wearable art is awe-inspiring. This event is a true demonstration of the artistry and creative talent we have in the area and I am proud the Quick Center can serve as its host,” he said.
Conklin believes the success and growth of the annual event is a testament to the importance university students, faculty and staff place in sustainable practices.
“Trashion Fashion takes something common like recycling, something that people are more or less assumed to be doing, and gives it renewed purpose — it makes it feel fun. The event taps into that combination of creativity, social responsibility and agency that we’re seeing everywhere right now, so it draws people from so many different circles. I could not be happier in terms of how it has been supported on campus,” Conklin said.
The event is done in collaboration with the celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, and is free and open to the public.
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