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Avant-garde Trashion Fashion Show features recycled items

It began small six years ago because the ARTpool Gallery space was small. Now, the annual Trashion Fashion Show, which is Saturday, has become big, just like ARTpool since its move from a sliver of a building to its current huge digs in a former industrial space at 2030 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. It mostly features, as you would assume, materials and items that are recycled or repurposed — sort of like a lot of ARTpool itself, which sells lots of vintage in addition to being an art gallery for contemporary artists.

The show begins at 10 p.m., but before that, mingle, eat and drink beginning at 8. Food for purchase will be prepared by ARTpool's cafe, and craft beer, sangria, wine and champagne will be available. The Vultures will perform "surf-rock anthems." About 20 designers, both individuals and small businesses, will create the avant-garde fashions, including Neva Durham, who used 5,000 artificial rose petals and 2,000 rhinestones in this gown. You're encouraged to wear your own version of trashion fashion, but regular clothes are fine, too.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

Avant-garde Trashion Fashion Show features recycled items 07/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:39pm]
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