Memphis City Beautiful is gearing up for its second annual Curb Couture Trashion Show, set for October 7, 2012 in the Broad Avenue Arts District. Trashion, which was first coined in 2004 in New Zealand, is a blending of the words 'trash' and 'fashion' and is a term for art, jewelry, fashion and objects created from recycled and repurposed elements.
Last year's show, in which artists and designers created apparel using such items as cigarette cartons, trash bags, CDs and soft drink cans, drew 63 submissions. As before, this year's event will showcase local professional and aspiring designers' pieces on live runway models.
"The Trashion Show is a fun way to reach the public with our message to clean and beautify," Elda White, Memphis City Beautiful executive director, said. "We hope to make people think twice before throwing something away: Can this item be re-used, recycled or repurposed?"
Memphis City Beautiful asks that anyone interested in creating a trashion masterpiece call 901-522-1135 to declare their intent to participate. Final completed garments - which include items such as dresses, shirts, pants, or an entire ensemble made from recyclable materials - are due September 14, 2012. All designers are welcome and will be notified if their item is chosen for the show.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Memphis City Beautiful Mini Grant Program which supports neighborhood beautification and greening initiatives.
Call Memphis City Beautiful at 522-1135 for more information.