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Trashion Show Returns

Cut-up soda cans, black garbage bags and old film negatives aren’t the typical items you’d expect to see coming down the runway, but these re-purposed household goods stole the show last week at the Town of North Hempstead’s second annual Trashion Show. 


Students from numerous local schools that take part in the Town’s School Recycling Partnership Program modeled apparel and accessories they had created from recycled materials such as newspapers, plastic and shopping bags, and playing cards. Among those who displayed their innovative creations were students from Westbury and Carle Place High Schools.


More than 60 students entered designs, and 36 were named winners for their use of recycled products. Among the winners was Westbury High School senior Ashley Horton, who received an honorable mention for her “Dark Damsel” dress. She originally made the

dress for her Arts, Crafts and Printmaking class, and was encouraged by her teacher to enter it in the contest. Horton used black curtains from her room to make the dress, and created structured shoulders using Coke cans that she cut in half. The dress’ long train was adorned with cut-up cans and tinfoil from a leftover class project.


“I love it,” Horton says with a smile about her creation. 


Horton’s teacher Brenda Bluestone was cheering her on from front row at the show, which was held at the ‘Yes We Can’ Center in Westbury.  


“Ashley is such a remarkable student. It was all her vision, and she’s remarkable in her dedication and perseverance. She’s very goal oriented,” Bluestone said. 


Carle Place student Samantha Shaw found inspiration for her dress in the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The senior made a dress out of recycled newspapers intricately woven together to form a corset and white plastic bags to

form a skirt. Old bottle caps were transformed into a necklace and duct tape held the dress together. 


“It’s cool that it’s not just a normal fashion show, but that it also incorporates recycling.,” Shaw said. “I’ve never made anything before, but it was a lot of fun and I would definitely do it again.” 


Her dress was modeled by freshman Rachel Riordan, who said that even though the dress was made out of re-purposed goods, it was “comfortable and secure.” 


Francis Reid, the Town’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said she loved that the Trashion Show allowed students to get involved and teach others what they’ve learned about recycling. 


“It provides another medium for children to educate the community on the importance of recycling,” Reid said. “For kids who wouldn’t get involved in an environmental initiative, they get involved, they have fun and they teach the community about the importance of recycling.”