Turning trash into treasure on Earth Day as dozens of designers prepared to show off fashion created entirely out of things that would otherwise be thrown away.
Eyewitness News got a sneak peak at the Trashion Fashion Show in Hartford.
A plastic garment bag, wrapping paper and stickers from Nora Cupcakes and Whole Foods banners were some of the items used at the Trashion Fashion Show.
"The thickness, trying to get it through the sewing machine,” Amy Merli with Trashion Fashion said. “It just didn't want to go, but we made it happen."
Definitely not your ordinary pieces of fashion, but this is different art is different because it's Trashion Fashion Show.
"It’s just been really inspiring seeing what comes to life from trash,” Merli said.
Merli has put these shows together across the country for the past six years. She is holding the event in her native Hartford to coincide with Earth Day. In the process she's given artists, designers, and students a chance to take a crack at the unconventional material Including Zoe Grinfeld.
Grinfeld is a 12th grader at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Grinfeld said she has worked so hard on her three designs and ended up with a needle in her finger. It healed just fine, and she can't wait to see her looks on the runway on Saturday.
"I love the way materials can be re-purposed into something new,” Grinfeld said. “I love when people can't really tell what it's made out of because out of because that adds a special element to it, the fact that it's completely transformed."
Mother of two Frances Oyola is an aspiring designer, and said she hopes her work ethic is setting an example for her children.
“I just want her, my son to be a part of everything and see that things actually happen once you keep pushing for it,” Oyola said. “"
Ultimately, this show, is pushing for awareness by combining environmentalism with fashion.
“When somebody sees one of these designs and they rethink their habits they start to be inspired about repurposing,” Merli said. “And our consumption stops becoming so linear and becomes more of a circle."
The glass walkway in the middle of Hartford City Hall will turn into the runway this weekend for the Trashion Fashion Show. It’s happening at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
If you do want to come, they're recommending you actually get your tickets ahead of time because they're thinking they might sell out. To purchase tickets, click here.
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