Thank You Bend!

I spend most of the evening behind the curtain. I get to feel the nerves of the young models before they take their first step, sending them onto the runway. And about a minute later, I get to experience their exhilaration when they step behind the curtain again. My favorite moment Saturday night was when 4th grade designer/model, Laila, supported each nervous model (students and adults alike) behind her, “it’s like a roller coaster. Before you go, you are so nervous, and once you are out there, it’s awesome!”

Because of my physical placement during the runway, I get to experience it most vividly through my interactions with people, the photos that will follow, and the stories that continue throughout the year. Last night Dirk, the Realms Middle School principal sent us an email, with a sentiment that I wanted to share, “. . . there is also the intangible human impact on the region that ripples out over the course of a year, the conversations around dinner tables, young people connecting with elders over a sewing machine, people dreaming and following those dreams until they create something new from something old. It’s human electricity, and it’s what makes the earth such a great place to live!”

Thank you Bend for embracing the mission of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, “transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth,” and making our community such a great place to live!

Edgy, Fun & Fashion Forward – 2019 Adult Gallery Posted

Click Here to access the 2019 Adult Designers Runway Gallery!

Ever been to New York or Paris Fashion Week? They have nothing on the adult designer garments in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show right here in Bend, Oregon! The caliber of fashion made from not only unconventional materials, but literally trash, is unparalleled. Two weeks before the submission deadline, we have applications rolling in. Experience last year’s 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – 2nd show of the night, with these edgy, fun, fashion forward photos, featuring adult designers, through these stunning images by SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner. Click on these links for more images from the 2019 show with options to purchase from SHE Photography and Jazmine Turner Photography!

Click here to access the 2019 Adult Runway Gallery

Pieces from left to right: Pretty in Plastic by Heidi Lamb; Organic Transfusion by Tiina McDermott & Zoey Lane; The Mountains are Calling, so I Must Dress Up! by Allison Murphy

Competitors for the 2020 Business Challenge are signing up!

Competitors for the 2020 Business Challenge are signing up! Click on the photo below to learn more about last year’s Business Challenge through Jazmine Turner Photography’s stunning photos. Click HERE to go to her website for more images from all of last year’s show!

Photos by Jazmine Turner Photography

Thank You 2019 Show Designers!

Announcing the coming season’s RUBBISH RENEWED ECO FASHION SHOW:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020!

Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography. Pictured Designs: Kiana Kogan, Amanda Bowers, Wendy Pierce & Devon Stevens, Devon Lizza.

Thank you student designers for your creativity, passion for fashion and our planet, and for shining in the show! You are what makes Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show unique, entertaining, and meaningful.

Aja Kogan, Alice McKnight, Amanda Bowers, Coral Reed, Devon Lizza, Devon Stevens, Ellie Hoiness, Gabriella Shirtcliff, Harper Rich, Holiday Barnes, Jessica Browning, Kiana Kogan, Lily McNabb, Loa Minsker, Louisa, Chloe, Lucy Lamarre, Harris, Mullins, Marley Foster-Wexler, Matea LaFrenz, Noe Anderson, Soli Lachman, Sophie Singer, Soren Chopra, Twyla Wayman, Vinna Ottaviano


Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography. Pictured Designs: Denise Oldridge, Carla Holm, Mayra Stearns, Allison Murphy.

Thank you adult designers for your stunning designs, refined material manipulation, imaginative style, and dedication to the Rubbish Renewed mission. The 2019 show rocked the house!

Alf Humphrey, Allison Murphy, Aspen Lowe, BBT Architects Inc, Brenda Jackson, Carla Holm, DeeDee Johnson, Denise Oldridge, Erin Donnell, Harriet Langmas, Heidi Lamb, Janet Lansburgh, Jen Riker, Karen Holm, Kari Martinez, Kat Bergman, Kristi Teasdale, Martha Campbell, Mayra Stearns, Meg Knight, Melany Fry, Michelle Handford, Paris Draheim, Patty Baragona, Rob West, Ruby Swanson, Simone Kujak, Susan Galeck, Tenley Wallace, Therese Langley, Tiina McDermott, Wendy Pierce, Zoey Lane.


Thank you Sponsors. You made it possible to showcase these amazing designs that transform trash, inspire community for a more sustainable earth!

Ruby Swanson Designer Profile

Ruby found Rubbish Renewed in 2011 with “River Trash,” a crazy mash up of, you got it, river trash. But when I think of Ruby as a designer, it’s sleek style that she brings to our show. We can’t wait to see what she has in store this year! Learn more about Ruby and her vision in this designer profile.

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2015 – Stay Toastie at the Game; Materials: Vintage wool blanket; Photo by Tambi Lane

RR: What do I do in real life?

RS: My profession is Dental Hygienist (adore my job). For play time I alpine ski in winter, hike, bike, whitewater kayaking/rafting and fly fish etc. and travel when I can. Basically, live the Central Oregon dream!

RR: What hooked you on the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Event?

RS: I love sewing and creating costumes. Halloween is my favorite “holiday”. I grew up with parents that both worked in Hollywood (Disney and Walter Lance studios) in the 50s. That was a big part of the fun times we had our whole life.

RR: What inspires your creations?

RS: I mostly like to work with fabric and reconstruction creating pieces that are truly

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2016 – Mountain Splendor: Materials: Old wool blanket, yarn, leather, yard debris; Photo by Joy Mitsui

wearable. I worked in theater costumes and much of what we did was reconstruction due to a limited budget. Talk about the need to be creative! Necessity is the mother of invention.

RR: What is the one thing you want to say to all aspiring designers?

RS: With all the problems in our world with waste and consumerism it’s important to re-purpose and be creative. It’s also important to be your authentic self. What better way than to express yourself through fashion. Much of the worlds high fashion has been inspired by young people! Be the new “look”!

RR: What is your current goal as a fashion designer?

RS: Its always been about what fills my heart and soul. It’s about fun!

Hailey Kavanagh – Designer Profile

Hailey Kavanagh appeared in our inbox on the Rubbish Renewed 2016 submission deadline, and blew us away with her creativity and attention to detail! Since then, she has submitted several garments each year. Her vision, and manipulation of materials are next to none. Now off at design school, Rubbish Renewed remains part of her hometown beginnings. Enjoy perusing her interview and pieces from the past. What will Hailey inspire us with this year?

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 21st!

RR: What do you do in real life when you’re not designing?

HK: I attend Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Fashion Design.  I am in my sophomore year, so even when I am not designing for this show, I am always designing.

RR: What hooked you on our Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Event?

HK: I started out in design using recycled materials.  My high school art teacher suggested this show after I did a recycled show in Salem and this show stuck out because of the professionalism and showcasing the designers as well as the work.

RR: What inspires your creations?

HK: I like movement, whether it is the way it lays on the body or the materials themselves.

RR: What is one thing you want to say to all the aspiring young designers?

HK: If you make a mess, clean it up for your parent’s sanity (trust me!) and enjoy experimenting.  Always have fun with new ideas.  No matter what, you are turning trash into something new and beautiful, and that in itself is a success!

RR: What is your current goal as a trash fashion designer?

HK: To continue to come up with creative and unique designs that make the audience gasp.

2018 Adult Designer Runway Gallery Posted!

Click on the image for the 2018 Adult Designer Runway Gallery

Rubbish Renewed 2018 Adult Designer Runway Gallery is Posted! Get inspired by the meticulous material manipulation, inspiring designs, and sustainable vision of these talented local artists, and revel in Joy Mitsui’s lens.

This year’s submission deadline is Friday, December 21st! What will you create?

Get ready for what’s to come, Friday, January 25, 2019!

Featured Design by: Hailey Kavanagh

What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

You’ve heard a lot about the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, but you have never been. You think this is the year for you, and you will finally get out on a winter night in January to see what this fantastic event is all about.  You wonder if it is worth the ticket price.

I am here to tell you it is!  The tickets are now on sale and we expect to sell out just like in yeas past.  Check out this 1 minute video from our 2015 show to see for yourself!

For each of the 2018 shows, you can expect to see 30+ garments on the runway made entirely of items destined to the landfill or items re-used in a stylistic fashion.

Tickets – www.rubbishrenewed.com

 

Small Town – Inspiration is everywhere

Old book pages and burlap sack.

Traveling north from Bend for the holiday break, I spent a night in Centralia, Washington. Originally dubbed Centerville, the town marked the 1/2 way stagecoach stop between Kalama and Tacoma. Now off the beaten path, it feels frozen in time. Restored historical buildings line the main street housing antique shops and hardware stores with diners dotted between. In my early morning window walk, I ran across this beauty. No telling why it adorned the display, but stunning nonetheless. Keep your eyes open, because inspiration is everywhere! What are you creating?

Three weeks until the submission deadline – December 8th!

Application Paperwork here.

 

Rubbish Renewed is more than just a show!

eatIn addition to the two runway shows at 6:00pm (doors at 5pm; all ages) and 8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm; 21+), the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser has more to offer its guests.  The doors open for each of our two shows one hour before the show’s start time.  Come early to enjoy delicious food from Barrio Restaurant’s Food Truck , shop in the Pop Up Marketplace and Silent Auction, and enjoy a local beverage from one of two drink service areas.  Thank you to the following beverage sponsors:   Boneyard Beer,  Atlas Cider, and Bend Distillery.

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