For the second time this year, Rubbish 2 Runway is making an appearance at FRANK Gallery to host a community fashion show Friday, allowing local artists to exhibit designs made from recycled materials.
In a competitive selection process, 17 student and professional designers were chosen to debut their works, with the only limitation being that everything in each outfit must be created from recycled or repurposed materials.
“It’s a way to emphasize green thinking and the ethos of recycling, as well as encouraging design when you have certain limitations put on you,” said show creator Mark Elliott.
Not only are participants displaying their work to the public, they are also competing against each other.
A panel of three guest artists and designers will judge the garments, awarding both cash prizes and trophies made of recycled materials to the top three artists.
FRANK gallery manager Torey Mishoe said Rubbish 2 Runway II is a unique experience because it allows community members to exhibit their work.
Today marks the opening of the exhibit in FRANK Gallery, where the designs will be displayed prior to the fashion show. The 17 pieces will wait on mannequins until the contest at the end of the week.
On Friday, community members who have already purchased VIP tickets to the fashion show will benefit from reserved seating and a pre-party that includes food and drinks — a new addition to this year’s show.