One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Fashion

Photo by Anne Miles Demott

Trashion Show models line up in preparation for their runway debut.

During the midday conference block on Friday, April 21, a major commotion in the Dining Hall had many captivated. Tables were moved to the sides, and students could be seen strutting down the massive aisle in colorful, unusual garments for the annual Trashion Show, organized by the C-Proctors.

In this conservation-focused fashion show, designers use recycled materials to create the outfits and accessories that their models wear. Students can sign up and have the choice of either designing their own outfit or having a friend model their work. Head C-Proctor Calliope Angeletti ’17 said, “The rules are that you can only use recycled materials that have been used in some way. It’s basically straight from the recycling bin.”

The show had upwards of ten models, each with their own unique pieces to showcase. The show saw tissue boxes for shoes, graded tests as part of a dress, and other clever designs. Each person won a specific award, ranging from best accessories to “Ready for Paris.” The overall winner of the event was Amy Hagan-Brown ’18, who sported pizza box shorts, a water bottle-adorned sombrero, and a cereal box tie designed by Mirialie De Jesus ’18.

However, the experience was not just about the results. Designer Emilia Furlo ’17 commented, “People make really crazy stuff that doesn’t have to be that aesthetically pleasing. I think people more appreciate the creative aspect than the final product.”

The show allowed for a mix of ideas between fashion and recycling. Angeletti explained, “It’s a creative and enjoyable way to get the word out there to recycle, and also with fashion, to show the interesting alternatives that are coming out.”

Designers were able to express themselves however they pleased in a stress-free environment, which was a nice change for many. On making her dress, Furlo said, “It’s a fun way to make an easy outfit because it’s much less intensive than making and sewing an actual piece.”

The models also took advantage of the relaxed atmosphere of the event. Mpilo Norris ’18, who danced his way down the runway, said, “You see all these people watching you, and you could be boring and just walk down and walk back, but I was like, ‘Let me have fun with this.’” The fun certainly radiated outward, with onlookers entertained by the students going up and down the middle of the Dining Hall.

The students and their outfits may have stolen the show, but Mr. Gary Lynch, Choate’s Dining Hall Monitor and one of the judges, turned some heads with his outfit. He donned a vest, cape, and hat made of water bottles.

Mr. Lynch had no shortage of fun judging the show, commenting, “The imagination to me was just phenomenal.” He added, “There wasn’t just one enjoyable part of it — it was the whole thing from start to finish.”

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