Art students turn trash into fashion

Annual MBSS Trashion show set for April 22 at Tamarack Centre.

Runway Recyclables: The MBSS annual Trashion show puts a new twist on haut couture.

Runway Recyclables: The MBSS annual Trashion show puts a new twist on haut couture.

Mount Baker Secondary School art students are once again sewing up odds and ends to create unique items of fashion, or in this case “trashion.”

That’s because the third annual Trashion Fashion Show is coming up Monday, April 22, which is also Earth Day.

Students from grades 10, 11 and 12 will be participating in the show, which features clothing made from recycled items. The clothing will be modelled by students from the local elementary schools.

Cheryl Wilkinson, art teacher at Mount Baker Secondary, said the show is put together in the spirit of Earth Day, which is where the idea behind the re-use of materials came in. It is a chance to show what can be done with the recycled materials.

“It’s a really exciting project,” Wilkinson said. “It’s not an original idea by any means, but it’s always something the art students for the most part look forward to.”

Some of the unique outfits to look forward to seeing are a comic strip outfit, a bike tire prom dress and a wedding dress made out of an old drape.

Wilkinson said that any age can do the project, but high school students can really take off with it.

She explained that it is larger this year, as the first year it only included Grade 12 students, the second, Grade 11 and 12.

“That really upped it to more than 100 outfits,” she said. “It requires them to really think outside the box.”

Wilkinson promises the event will be a theatrical display that will be entertaining. It features original music, singing and a pretend prom.

Trashion Fashion is Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Tamarack Centre stage near Winners.

Organizers note that the rest of the mall will be closed, with the Winners entrance being the only way in.