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Laguna Turns Trash into Festival Runway Fashion Show

What could one do with recycled material — bottles, lottery tickets? Laguna Festival of the Arts had a one-day Festival Runway Fashion Show with fashions made out of recyclable items that would challenge the minds of even the  most artistic.



Over 600 crayon wrappers were sewn together to make the body of the dress. Colored pencils decorated the collar, and a watercolor set finished the duct tape bow on the front. The skirt and collar were made from scrap construction paper from children’s art classes.






An ordinary, aged drop cloth, embellished with a landscape image.  Using packing material (bubble wrap), scraps of vinyl used to wrap cars, scissors and a little imagination made the butterfly cape.  The head piece was scraps of wood veneer and butterflies cut from the scraps.






Human hair drapes her shoulders.  Her gown is made of dry cleaning bags.  Her crown is made of the bag wire hangers.






Dress is constructed of sample paint chips held together with hot glue and duct tape. Colors are that of the blue and green of the Pacific Ocean.






Bodice is made of cassette tape woven on a small loom with a back insert covered with broken pieces of 45s. Skirt is made from 5 old window screens gathered and decorated with cassette spools. The shoes and hat are decorated with guitar strings and cassette tape. The jewelry is made from old 45s and guitar strings. Handbag made from record vinyl with handle made of guitar strings.






Made from 1600 lottery tickets. The skirt part alone has 1500 lottery tickets. All are folded origami style into a paper “fortune cookie.” The tickets are attached to a sheet of repurposed packing material and then all is placed over a second-hand hoop skirt modified to shape the silhouette. The origami fold creates the illusion of a field of blossoms. Purchase price of the tickets was $4800.






This gown is made of hundreds of water and plastic soda bottles, and clear plastic food bins one gets with the vegetables and/or cookies. THe containers were cut and reshaped with heat to create natural shapes.Some drop cloths, vinyl, and shrink-wrap tie the look together both visually and literally. The colors are sunset colors the designed painted with a light touch of Acrylic glaze coats. He used P.E.T. to glue the water bottles to each other.

And the winners were:

Most creative was the first one with all the crayon wrappers.   Most exciting ensemble was the last one called the bottle dress.  Most innovative use of materials went to the music one with the record purse. Most glamorous was the lottery ticket gown.  Peoples’ choice award also went to the lottery gown.

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