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Trashy Fashion:
Recycled Fashion Show

At Trashy Fashion show, ideas are new, materials aren't

From left, Jessica Bushery, 18, of Seminole, Emily Kugler, 17, of Indian Rocks Beach and Dan Vongsa, 17, of Pinellas Park primp an outfit made with old magazine pages. This is the runway entry from Largo High School’s National Art Honor Society.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

From left, Jessica Bushery, 18, of Seminole, Emily Kugler, 17, of Indian Rocks Beach and Dan Vongsa, 17, of Pinellas Park primp an outfit made with old magazine pages. This is the runway entry from Largo High School’s National Art Honor Society.

You could call it garb from the garbage, but make no mistake. There's nothing dirty about it.

In celebration of Earth Day, the city of Largo will hold its Trashy Fashion: Recycled Fashion Show on Thursday at the Largo Cultural Center.

The Tonne Playhouse will be turned into a fashion diva's paradise with a brightly lit runway in its center.

Thirty-three amateur designers, ranging from elementary school students to adults, will show off their creations. The outfits will have one common thread: they will be made of at least 75 percent recycled materials.

Expect glittery gowns, created from such items as shredded paper and pop tops and minidresses made of old magazines. Last year, as models strutted the catwalk, several carried satchels made with aluminum soda cans.

Marissa Segundo, Largo's recycling coordinator, believes the community has greatly improved its recycling habits since the first "trashion show" in 2008.

"I am very proud of everyone and the fact that people are more conscious about what they throw away,'' said Segundo, 30. "We are headed in a very good direction, but the trashion show is a great place to make even more people aware.''

Last year's grand prize winner, the trashiest designer, was Wanda Rosario, an executive housekeeper from the Holiday Inn Harborview on Indian Rocks Beach. She was honored for her evening gowns created from old linen and office paper discarded by her employer.

This year's program features environmental speaker Roberta Fernandez of Planet Partnership. Fernandez, a former owner of Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park in Tampa, started her business after working as one of Al Gore's Climate Change Messengers in 2006.

She will speak on waste reduction. "People need to remember that with every choice they make, there's a consequence,'' she said.

It's one thing when a person thinks only of his own trash, Fernandez said. "But what people need to do is be aware of the accumulative effect,'' she said. "One disposable lighter in the trash is one thing. One billion discarded disposable lighters in a landfill is another.''

This year's preshow program, the Green Room, includes 27 green-minded vendors made up of nonprofit educational groups and eco-friendly businesses.

"I'm excited about the Green Room because we want to enhance the opportunity even more by exposing people to local organic businesses and organizations that they might not ordinarily see,'' Segundo said.

If you go

What: The city of Largo's third annual Trashy Fashion: Recycled Fashion Show.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

A preshow, the Green Room, featuring eco-friendly business and organizations will start at 5 p.m.

Where: Largo Cultural Center, 120 Central Park Drive.

Tickets: $10.

For more information: Call the Largo Cultural Center's box office at (727) 586-7424.

At Trashy Fashion show, ideas are new, materials aren't 04/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:12am]
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