Monday, October 8, 2012

Trash Talk: Curb Couture Trashion Show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Last night was the second annual Curb Couture Trashion Show, a fashion show fund-raiser featuring clothes made partially or entirely of recycled materials. Local designers used aluminum cans, plastic bags, newspapers, chip bags, cardboard boxes, and other discarded materials to create their own unique designs and support the work of Memphis City Beautiful and neighborhood beautification and greening projects.

Of course, on the way to the event, my camera battery died. Was it hoping to be turned into a snappy broach or a statement necklace? Too bad for it, I'm not as crafty as the designers in the showcase; too bad for me, I had to take all my photos on my iPhone.

Now, in the words of Alexis Grace: Are you ready to see some trash?

Former American Idol contender Alexis Grace welcomes guests in a recycled dress.
  • Former American Idol contender Alexis Grace welcomes guests in a recycled dress.
Model shows off a hat made of a screen door and a bag made of scrap leather and chair parts.
  • Model shows off a hat made of a screen door and a bag made of scrap leather and chair parts.
A hat made of packaging materials.
  • A hat made of packaging materials.
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Mayor Wharton greets the crowd.
  • Mayor Wharton greets the crowd.
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Best of Show winning gown made of plastic bags created by costume designer Bruce Bui.
  • Best in Show winning gown made of plastic bags created by costume designer Bruce Bui.
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Gown made of umbrellas and cleaning scrubbers.
  • Gown made of umbrellas and cleaning scrubbers.
Model shows off a bowtie by Mos Bows, crafted from an old church pew cushion.
  • Model shows off a bowtie by Mo's Bows, crafted from an old church pew cushion.
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