Our first environmentally conscious runway and dance performance featured the designs of three local artists, back in 2011. The initial performance was held in a small gallery space, which was filled to capacity with 50 guests. The next year Trashion Fashion allowed open submissions, moved to a larger venue, and entertained an audience of 250. Today Trashion Fashion has fostered the creation of over 300 trashion designs and has annual shows in Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; and New York City.
What’s makes our Trashion Fashion events unique?
- They unite the community with environmentalism and the arts.
- Our events are true to our missions and are zero waste. We compost, recycle and clearly communicate this to our vendors and partners.
- We require that 90% of each design be constructed made from items diverted from the waste stream. We carefully review and followup with designers to ensure this. Designs that meet this requirement are then selected based off quality, resourcefulness and innovation.
- Our runway equally features the work of student local artist and professional designers.
- All models and dancers are required to audition and to attend rehearsals. This helps ensure the quality of our shows.
- Both our designs and models represent a positive body image and fairly represents all people.
- We often feature creative garden installations with plants provided through a partnerships with local organizations KNOX. After the event we welcome attendees to take a plant home with them.
- Each year we give away locally sourced wild flower “seed-bombs” that can add beauty without causing harm.
- We work with local artists to create art installations from recycled materials to enhance the atmosphere of our events.
- We have a seedling project that was started in 2012, that gives away hundreds of eggshell seedlings to attendees each year.
- We support and feature local businesses.
- Our events include dance performances, ballerinas en pointe, a choreographed runway, spoken word and a variety of live music.
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