Who knew that plastic, medical waste, air mattresses, feed sacks, cans, CDs, electronic junk, coffee filters, wine corks and junk mail could, through the skill of artists, be transformed into amazing fashions?!
The Junk2Funk Eco Fashion Show demonstrated how junk in our throw-away society could be used in innovative ways. Following a spirited auction of specially designed mirrors, the show, that included over 25 eco fashion models, began to the cheers of the crowd.
Describing all the imaginative designs in one short article is difficult, but I’ll go ahead with my favorites. Let it be a taste of the evening and a sample of what you missed. Mark your calendar to go next year.
First out, a mother-daughter team dressed in steam punk style made of an old car cover, trash bags, toilet paper tubes, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and broken jewelry. Out of their top hats smoke and steam billowed.
Another entry, Wisteria Wasteland, featured materials made of manure bags, disposable table cloths, hangers, cardboard, electronic device chargers and a hoop skirt of wisteria vines. This model, like all the others, had fabulous make-up to complete the costume.
A crowd favorite, the Unconventional Unicorn, pranced and danced down the runway, dollar bills landing at his feet. The eco model wore a colorful get-up of Christmas décor, tinsel, shower curtains, stuffed animals, and towels topped with a unicorn horn, of course.
Medical waste provided the materials for Lactation Narration. The artist used breast pump tubing, storage bottles, disposable nursing pads, and nipple shields to create an elegant white outfit that made me think of a snow queen.
Two “professional” wrestlers stepped on the stage—Earthquake Jake, the Mother Fracker, and his opponent, Conscientious Chris, the Refuse Reuser. Their costumes included old deflated rafts and feed sacks. They fought it out on the runway and the Refuse Reuser triumphed.
An exotic bird alighted on the stage dressed in a vivid blue and green costume made of cardboard, tissue paper, and old CDs that looked like iridescent peacock feathers.
All the artists, makeup designers, eco model performers, the DJ who arranged the music for each entry, and many volunteers, devoted hours, skills, creativity, and a conservation consciousness, to make the Eco Fashion Show a smashing success.
Submitted by Suzanne Marshall