2014 Trashion Show/Upcycle Party Showcases Creativity, Fashion & Community

Trashionista Fig Yanko models her snakeskin-esque evening ensemble created from recycled garden hoses.

Trashionista Fig Yanko models her snakeskin-esque evening ensemble created from recycled garden hoses.   Photo by Glenna Gray.

Garden hoses, toilet paper rolls, apple packing material, sidewall shingles and plastic bags—lots of plastic bags—were  just some of the materials used for the creative couture featured on the runway at the 3rd Annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party held last Saturday night at NCRD.  CARTM’s unique fundraiser played to a sold out crowd and helped to raise over $6,000 for the organization’s general fund.  Even Mayor Shirley Kalkohven made an appearance as guest star as the Riverbend Players opened the show with a WestSide Story spinoff of tourists and locals rumbling over trash.

The much anticipated trashion runway show featured over 20 models ranging in age from toddler to senior and came from as far as Bellevue, Washington, Oceanside and Tillamook as well as the perennial local favorites who work all year imagining, gathering materials, sewing, hot glueing (and in some cases nailing!) creations for this event.

One such local Julie “Fig” Yanko wowed the crowd with her evening dress fashioned from recycled garden hoses.  The dress, worthy of any New York fashion runway was just one of many outfits that brought a particular elegance to the 2014 show.  CARTM’s new executive director, Karen Reddick-Yurka’s ensemble made from cloth napkins and placemats had many women lining up to purchase the ensemble if she would be willing to mass produce as a new clothing line.  Phil “shameless promoter” Blanton was a hit in his shingled and black felt paper version of the utili-kilt, and the youngest model Coltrane Simnmons stole the show as a reindeer with antlers made from plastic hangers and recycled Christmas wrapping.

A nod to literary and the Paris scene came from fashions created from shredded pages of hard-back novels, catalog pages and bubble wrap. The roaring 20s themed outfit made by Trashion Show organizer Mary Beth Moran made from vertical window blinds shouted out for a closer look to see the genius behind taking an unlikely material and turning it into apparel.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the turn out and the funds raised for CARTM,” said executive director Karen Reddick-Yurka.  “So many volunteers helped to bring this event together and we thank every one of them for pulling off another amazing evening.”

The after party, aptly coined The Upcycle Party, was an opportunity for attendees to be up close and personal with the models.  The Hollywood-style photo booth manned by Gene Dieken gave everyone the red carpet moment in the limelight and DJ Loud Glass (aka Jonathan Feder) put together special mixes of dance tunes for every taste.

The decor for the party was all sourced from CARTM’s resale store, The Redindery.   “We kept the price tags on all the couches, tables, lamps and rugs used to decorate the event, and guess what? almost everything sold during the evening!”  said Yurka.  “We were able to deliver the items to one of our happy attendees the next morning, and proving once again—like our new t-shirts say—’what goes around comes around and around and around….'”

Reddick-Yurka further shared, “an event like the Trashion Show/Upcycle Party is in perfect alignment with CARTM’s zero waste mission, the featured apparel is all made with reused and recycled materials, our party produces zero trash (almost!), the decor is all donated and recycled and even our pop-up raffle were recycled items.  We’re living the dream and helping the environment—what could be better?

TO SEE LOTS MORE PHOTOS GO TO: 2014 Trashion Show photos by Christina Wilson  or 2014 Upcycle Party photos by Gene Dieken