Students Own the Runway at the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show
Fashion Marketing and Fashion Technology & Design students showcased their talents at the 3rd Annual Trashy Flashy Fashion Show. T. Pepin Hospitality Centre hosted the gala event in honor of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, a local non-profit organization celebrating America Recycles Day. Original designs promoted recycling, upcycling and repurposing of disposable materials that would otherwise end up in the trash. The fashion designs were constructed of 75% recycled materials and voted on by a panel of judges.
Ileana and Erika (model) of Alonso High School won in The Most Wearable Design category. Their design was inspired by a colorful flower garden using magazine pages and construction paper. They will be recognized at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Annual Awards Breakfast.
HCPS student designers and models were among the 252 participants who strutted their stuff on the runway. Designers from Alonso, Blake, Leto, Riverview, Spoto and Wharton ventured outside the bounds of artistic expression, repurposing waste material into extravagant, yet wearable fantasy art. Analytical thinking, cutting edge construction and experimentation were incorporated through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In the process they discovered that whimsical fantasy fashions can also be “green” and useful. Their design started with a sketch, but the recyclables dictated their own direction in the ultimate design.
Wharton HS students Caleigh and Lindsey (the model) recycled bottle caps, Panera coffee sleeves, and Capri Sun pouches to create the pop-star, “Madonna” look. Caleigh said, “Sometimes your initial plan isn’t the one you will use. You will make many adjustments and go over bumps along the way. Overall, I learned that it is not as easy as it seems (to design and be creative), but it’s worth it in the long run!”
Ameh of Riverview HS crumbled newspapers to fashion a tutu-style skirt, then painstakingly pleated newspaper to create a corset held together at the waist with a red sash.
Caitlyn of Spoto HS used plastic leaves, masking tape, and shoe polish to create an eco-friendly design of a tree mimicking the seasonal colors of leaves in the fall. Using tape was a challenge due to its “stretching” quality, but she overcame the test by sewing larger seams. Caitlyn shared she wants to be a school teacher and practice cosmetology on the side.
Another team from Spoto HS, Jennisha, Enasja, Louise and Breyonce (the model), designed a lighter-than-air, white carnation formal dress comprised of more than 1600 coffee filter flowers. Their design started with a sketch, but the recyclables dictated their own direction in the ultimate design.
In addition to several of the students receiving community service hours some of them will have the opportunity to job-shadow or obtain a summer internship sponsored by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, a local, non-profit organization. To find out more about Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, visit http://keeptampabaybeautiful.org/. To learn more about the Fashion Design programs offered at our schools, visit sdhc.k12.fl.us and type “go CTE” or click here.View Full Album