Wikipedia describes Trashion as “a philosophy and an ethic encompassing environmentalism and innovation.” The design is limited only to the imagination and resources of the designer making it.
Four Nakusp ladies gave upcycling a new meaning during the Nakusp Fall Fair’s Trashion Show Saturday in the Auditorium. The outfits were fashioned from the contents of a recycling bin, the back of a closet and in one case, the cash drawer. The models were also the designers.
In proper fashion show style, Emcees Marilyn Massey and Lori Benjamin took to the podium and gave the description of each handmade outfit as if it were part of a Ralph Lauren exclusive during New York Fashion Week. Spectators laughed as the models gallivanted around in designs made from paper, container lids, show ribbons and plant holders.
After the audience was asked to vote by clapping, the penny-roll inspired getup by Dawna Dinning won first place with a roar of applause and whistles. When asked how she became inspired to create an outfit covered in empty paper coin rollers, Dinning replied, “I was rolling pennies at the thrift shop when I realized we wouldn’t be doing that anymore and there must be all these empty, unused wrappers out there.”
Other participants included Alice Smith with a macramae plant holder inspired outfit, Shannon Heppner with a paper and plastic lid dress, and Gail Ponto covered in ribbons and stickers from the Fall Fair. Participation in the Trashion show was open to all.