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Trashion Fashion seeks entries, hosts reception and exhibit

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 | Posted by

Charlotte Kruk models her creation, “Let Me Bake Cake,” at last year’s Trashion Fashion show. (Photo by Melinda Kelley)

Fashionistas won’t find a single Versace or Armani at the latest fashion show to grace the wine country runway – this particular show is a bit trashier than most.

The Sonoma Community Center’s third annual Trashion Fashion show features one-of-a-kind couture fashioned from recycled materials and repurposed clothing. It showcases creativity while highlighting the green movement and the center’s emphasis on sustainable living.

“Trashion is a fashion philosophy that combines environmentalism with innovation. It springs from a desire to make the best use of limited resources by making traditional and avant-garde clothing or objects from recycled materials or castoff junk,” said Margaret Hatcher, special projects manager at the community center.

The show is open to groups or individuals 9 years and older, with cash prizes for top designs.

Need some inspiration?

The local fashion season kicks off with an exhibit in Gallery 212 featuring some of last year’s top designs.

The display runs from March 1 to April 27, with fashions made from discarded materials by Jeanine Briggs, Susan Heeringa-Pieper, Karen Neihoff, Julie Calhoun, Alexa Wood, Joni Derickson, Jan Lippold, Melissa Spooner and Wendy Brayer’s Presentation School art students.

An artists’ reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (March 1) at the community center.

The show will award $1,250 in cash prizes, including $200 in a teen category.

Due to the event’s popularity, participants will be divided this year into adult and junior divisions. Those selected for the show (and their models) will need to participate in all rehearsals and performances.

Three shows will be held later this spring at Andrews Hall to highlight the merging of art, fashion, ecology and activism on the catwalk. Outfits ranging from outrageous and extreme to theatrical and humorous are welcome.

The deadline to enter this year’s show is 5 p.m. March 15.

For an application or prospectus, call 938-4626, ext. 3, visit sonomacommunitycenter.org or stop by the center at 276 E. Napa St.

  • Angel

    Great dress!

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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