Swanberg, right, works on her aluminum can dress
with her friend and model, Cat Heronimo in her
home studio in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 17, 2014.
Fla. — Models strutted down the runway in outfits
tailored from fishing line, citrus bags, hammered strips
of beer cans and garbage bags.
fashion show featured what’s called haute trash, trash
walking and trashion, and it was all for a good cause:
Keep Orlando Beautiful.
wanted to make something beautiful out of something in
our daily lives," said Krystol Pineda, who attends
the International Academy of Design & Technology in
Orlando, Fla., and took five weeks to dye and sew used
mops into surprising elegance.
Saturday event was not a novel concept. The
California-based Haute Trash Artists Collaborative has
been putting on such shows for 20 years and is getting
ready for one in Missouri.
to Funk" in Portland creates avant-garde fashion
out of trash to "get people to think differently
usually refers to ‘making something from nothing’
for aesthetic purposes, not for practical use,"
Buyas, coordinator of Keep Orlando Beautiful, a
non-profit program administered by the city, said the
Trash 2 Trends show came out of brainstorming for a
fundraising theme. A staffer recalled a similar event in
brings together art, fashion, recycling and the
environment," Buyas said.
Singhaus, a longtime designer of theatrical costumes in
Orlando, had her pattern "in my head" to
assemble scraps bedazzled with sequins, rhinestones and
model for Trash 2 Trends is brother-in-law and actor Sam
Singhaus done up in his alter-ego character of Miss
Stevens featured electronic waste. She collected old CDs
for weeks and now has "Oh, wow, a lot!
softening them in hot water, she cuts the discs to shape
and glues or sews them into a fish-scale pattern for a
futuristic, fairy tale impression.
hope it looks really cool on the runway, but it’s not
something you would wear unless don’t want to sit
down," Stevens said.
Salazar actually aimed to create discomfort. She worked
with electronic cables, trash bags, plastic bottles and
acrylic paint to convey "frenzy" and
"suffocation," and how technology flows
"through our veins like a virus."
Rosario put glam into recycling cardboard. She peeled
apart boxes to get to their corrugated insides, which
she painted to come out like leather and stitched onto
muslin to create a two-piece ensemble.
Swanberg scissored open hundreds of soda and beer cans,
cut them into strips and subdued their sharp edges and
bends with a mallet. In her studio, she is weaving the
hammer-dimpled shapes with thin aluminum wire into a
needs to be trendy," Swanberg said. "When I go
to friends’ homes and they say ‘we don’t recycle,’
I’m like, really?"