The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) sponsored its third annual Recycled Fashion Show May 18 at its annual conference. All outfits are made from 100-percent discarded material.
Photos are courtesy of Damian and Trina Butler, Spokane Event Photography
Every outfit on the catwalk at WSRA fashion show was made by hand, showcasing materials that were otherwise landfill-bound.
A wide range of individuals across Washington created the designs. They included professional designers, trashion design enthusiasts and designers-in-training from design schools across the state, including Sanford-Brown College.
Unusual costume designs also came from the show. All student designs entered in the show were eligible for audience awards.
The fun, family-friendly fashion show at the WSRA convention took place at The Davenport Hotel's Grand Pennington Ballroom.
The show also featured designs from nationally known Recycle Runway founder, Nancy Judd. She co-emceed the event along with Washington blogger Terra Heilman, "The Reuser."
Judd creates sculptures that appear to be couture fashions but actually are made from trash.
Judd exhibits her work in high-traffic public locations around the United States to inspire action around the conservation of resources.
Judd's traveling exhibition, called "ReDress: Upcycled Style," is touring museums around the United States.
One of Judd's most important pieces, the "Obamanos Coat," is in the Smithsonian Museum's permanent collection.
Judd currently is creating work for a second exhibition in the Atlanta International Airport for 2017.
Thirty "fashionista" leaders from the Washington state recycling industry and students flaunted the designer detritus on the catwalk.
During the fashion show the emcees detail the often-surprising source and vision behind each outfit.
"The Recycled Fashion Show is a wonderful way to bring together creativity and sustainability," said fashion show coordinator Abby Christensen, revenue share administrator for the Northwest Area with Republic Services.
The show aimed to impress attendees with haute trash couture and be inspired to view waste differently, Christensen said.
"Expect the unexpected at this show--if it can be thrown away, it's fair game," said Candy Castellanos, WSRA board member and public education manager, Waste Management Inc.
Castellanos added, "Designers used everything at their disposal, including plastic bottles, food packaging, soda pop tops, junk mail and plastic grocery bags that were woven, crocheted, pleated or sewn."
The show was sponsored by numerous WSRA members, including Kitsap County, Recology CleanScapes, the cities of Bellevue and Auburn and Sunshine Disposal and Recycling.
Other sponsors included Buffalo Export, SMART, the Council for Textile Recycling, PRR, Wilder Environmental Consulting, Cascadia Consulting Group and C+C.
The WSRA is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting recycling, waste reduction, reuse and composting efforts in Washington since 1976. Members comes from all sectors of the waste industry, including collection, processing. manufacturing and government.