Trashion Fashion Show grows student creativity with junk

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The Associated Students Recreation Lawn was transformed on Thursday into a runway where designers and models showed off their wardrobe composed from post-consumer materials. The Trashion Fashion Show was created by Associated Students in 2008 to allow students to express their creativity while being environmentally conscious. Marilyn Lowman, current A. S. director of programming affairs, said the event brings out the school spirit and talent of students who participate. “It shows the creativity of the students as well as what can be done with something unconventional, ” Lowman said. Lowman added that there were two components to the fashion show, with one section dedicated to the clothes made from recycled material and another section for models wearing clothes from local thrift stores. In addition, a local beauty school sends in about 10-to-12 students to do the hair and make-up for the models who walk down the runway. “It’s a nice give and take between the beauty students and the models, ” Lowman said. Twelve designers participated in the event with a model for each of them, although there were instances of designers wearing their own clothing down the runway, Lowman said. The Trashion Fashion Show this year brought in 150 people compared to last year's show which had 500 to 600 people, noted Lowman. In addition, the planning for the Trashion Fashion Show occurs three months in advance starting during winter break, according to Lowman. For this year's show, there was entertainment provided by San Jose-based rock band, Whiskey Avengers. Bradyn Blower, event coordinator for A. S. and adviser for programming affairs, said that there were always challenges when it comes to planning a large-scale event on campus. “The challenges that we have in contact can be solved, ” Blower said in regards to the planning process for the show. Among her favorite aspects of the Trashion Fashion Show, Blower said she admires the determination and artistic abilities of the students who partake in the event. “Seeing the creativity from the students, it’s amazing that something such as garbage can be made into something beautiful, ” she said. Some of the entries in the Trashion Fashion Show used unconventional recyclable materials ranging from Coca-Cola cans to IKEA shopping bags. Senior advertising major Dung Tran took first place with her cocktail dress made of purple party streamers, filing folders, duct tape and coffee filters. Tran said she studied fashion design at West Valley College and added that it took her three days to create the dress. “I fell in love with the color of the party streamers, ” Tran said about the initial inspiration of the dress. Tran also added that this year’s Trashion Fashion show wasn’t her first time in the event. “This is my second time entering, ” Tran said. “Last year was my first time and my outfit was made out of newspaper. ” One of the more unusual entries in the event was an armored ensemble created with disassembled film cans, which was made by senior photography major Andrea Henneman. “I started on the project seven days ago and spent 12 hours a day assembling the outfit, ” Henneman said. Her initial inspiration for her piece, which took second prize, was from the leftover film rolls and the works of the late Alexander McQueen, who was known for his avant-garde designs for celebrities ranging from Lady Gaga to Nicole Kidman. Elias Martinez of Hayward heard about the fashion show from his friends and said he enjoyed watching the models strut down the runway while wearing their clothing. “The original designs of the clothes were very neat, ” Martinez said. As for the importance of the Trashion Fashion Show, Henneman said the event brings out an artistic aspect of SJSU. “It shows people the creative side of the campus and it’s one of the few events I participate in, ” Henneman said mulberry. “The event shows that something different is going on in the campus and why fashion is important. ” 

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