Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 23, 2013

Trash, fashion collide at TC West

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— TRAVERSE CITY — One man’s trash is another man’s inspiration for fashion at Traverse City West Senior High School’s sixth annual Trashion Fashion Show.

Students from West and other area schools will show off clothing and accessories created from various recycled and alternative materials at tonight’s runway show.

Participants compete for cash prizes, including a $100 top prize and a viewers’ choice award.

Melissa Clone, an art teacher at West, said the event promotes green-friendly efforts. It also gives students involved in the art department a chance to showcase their talents.

“The art department is very unseen,” Clone said. “(The show) is one way for us to have a production.”

A dress and a suit made from used bullet casings won the top prize last year.

Other models at last year’s show wore designs made from materials like playing cards and butchers’ chainmail.

Rachel Courville, a West senior, designed and modeled a dress made from inflated balloons.

Courville said she loved seeing the other fashion pieces, getting her hair and makeup done, and strutting down the runway.

“You just felt on top of the world,” Courville said.

Courville and her design partner Rachel Taylor, a West senior, hope to win tonight with a dress made from screen door material and electrical tape.

Courville said the dress also involves a surprise she thinks will capture the audiences’ attention.

“There’s going to be a little electricity involved,” she said.

The show starts at 8 p.m. in the West High School commons. Tickets cost $5 at the door.

About 200 individuals attended last year’s show.

Proceeds from the show go to West students and Pete’s Place youth shelter.