The fifth annual Trashion Fashion: Bona’s Get Trashy Runway Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
The runway show is free and open to the public with a light reception to follow.
“Trashion Fashion is probably one of my most favorite events on campus,” states four-time model and first-year English graduate student Chernice Miller. “With all the stress and monotony of school, work and extra-circular activities driving our lives during the winter months, Trashion Fashion offers students and faculty their own version of Paris Fashion Week right at the onset of spring.”
“The designs and the show are wonderful but the message is also so important – with a little creativity and some hard work, we can all be responsible, caring individuals who protect and nurture our environment,” said Miller.
This year’s show will not only feature outfits designed and modeled by St. Bonaventure students, but also six outfits created by design teams from local high schools including Cassadaga-Valley, Coudersport, Fillmore and Wellsville.
For Taylor Walker, a junior journalism major at St. Bonaventure, the event is about helping participates gain confidence in life while heightening their creativity and problem-solving skills.
“Since I joined Trashion Fashion my freshman year, I’ve learned more about recycling and fashion design and fabrication then I ever thought I would. The show even led me to take a sculpture class after my second runway. The event has helped me to come out of my shell more by being a model and making my own designs. We’re told every year at rehearsal, ‘if you can walk confidently in front of a hundred people literally wearing garbage, then you should have no problem giving a boardroom presentation or asking for a high-profile interview later in life after you graduate,’ said Walker.
“I love the fact that there never seems to be limits, that you can create anything you want, and usually the most unique and interesting outfit, the ones everyone says are crazy and don’t expect to win, come out on top,” added Walker.
To be eligible for this year’s competition, designs must be constructed out of 90 percent post-consumer materials, none of which may be purchased, and worn by a model. As the models sport the designs, they pose behind a silk screen so that the silhouette of their outfit shows before they walk the runway.
Designs and model walks will be scored by judges with the top scores taking home some amazing trophies and prizes.
In conjunction with the event and in honor of Earth Day, there will also be a free plenary discussion panel before the runway show starting at 6 p.m. in the Loft, located on the third floor of the Quick Center. “Fragile Forests: Globalization, Our Changing Planet, and the Future of Our Wooded Spaces” will feature panelists from the surrounding areas of New York and Pennsylvania including:
• Sue Cooper, a forester with the city of Olean
• Mike Ermer of Pfeiffer Nature Center
• Sarah Johnson, a conservation GIS analyst with The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter
• Andrea Locke, coordinator of Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management at Buffalo State University
• David Paradowski, Region 9 forester with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
• Susan Stout, project leader and research forester with United States Forest Service (Northeastern Research Station)
For more information about the event, contact Sean Conklin at email@example.com.
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