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!
This year it’s climate change that’s brought youth to the head of the table around the world. Greta Thunberg, reminds us of how generations haven’t stepped up, and that the time is now for great action! We all need to do our part individually, and also push our communities to start making change today.
The student’s garments at Rubbish Renewed are shouting the need for environmental action too. These pieces tell a variety of stories from the challenges of medical waste showcased by Soli Lachman’s Diabetic Warrior(model Abby Lachman wears the waste from her diabetes treatment), to Jessica Browning’s Snacktastic made with non-recyclable, single serving packaging. These young artists painstakingly create fashion from trash, that are at once art and a message to take action for our planet and our future.
Enjoy these young artists’ fashion from our 2019 show. Brought to you through stunning images by SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner. Click on the links for more images from the 2019 show with options to purchase from SHE Photography and Jazmine Turner Photography!
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!
Announcing the coming season’s RUBBISH RENEWED ECO FASHION SHOW:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020!
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
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
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!
Nine local businesses are putting their trash fashion creativity to the test by competing in this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show’s 8th Business Challenge. Each year a group of businesses come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy. Bring your friends and your voting block, to support your pick to win the Business Challenge!
The Bend Area Habitat for Humanities Restore– The fashion forward trash fashionistas from ReStore bring us their 8th Business Challenge. This dedicated team have competed every year, and currently hold the Coveted Trash Trophy! ReStore certainly embodies the notion of sustainability as a way of life.
Barrio – In for their 3rd Business Challenge, Save the Bull, is a matador inspired piece made from garbage bound items from Barrio’s restaurant. Before switching to paper straws, the staff collected used plastic straws from empty margaritas over a few months period. Photo just in! We know designer Paris Draheim, is a master material manipulator!
BBT Architects– This group of creative folks are competing in their 3rd challenge. They bring material manipulation at its best. This photo (to the right) is a computer generated concept image of what is to come, all created out of post rebranding, obsolete, business cards.
Brave Collective – Jen Riker, owner of Brave Collective, was inspired when she accompanied her son on the Realms 6th grade fieldwork trip to the Portland Food Bank. In their 2nd Business Challenge they have created their piece out of plastic red mesh onion bags and labels.
Giant Loop – For their 2nd Business Challenge, the Giant Loop team created this 20’s and 60’s inspired shift dress from over 100 2-inch ykk zippers, nylike webbing, quick release cams and assorted buckles and reflective ribbon tape. This fabulous ensembles purpose is to encourage you to shift your thinking into a greener world.
Moonfire and Sun – is back for it’s 2nd Business Challenge with another Simone Kujak created piece. We’ve seen Simone transform rubbish into red carpet ready fashion from our early shows. This year, garden waste from broken pottery and burlap to rubber bands from pottery packaging will come alive on the runway.
New this year:
Bend Velo – As the bike commuting and touring hub of Bend, Bend Velo not only by their very nature, screams sustainability (keeping cars off the road), they also create the classy J Livingston line of retro commuter bikes re-purposed from old mountain bike frames. Designer Karen Holm designed “Raven Warrior” from the biggest bike related waste . . . the inner tubes.
Bigfoot Beverages – For their first Business Challenge, seasoned designer/model, DeeDee Johnson created a piece out of beverage packaging. Big Foot has a small environmental footprint for a business its size. They converted their fleet to biodiesel fuel, use electric forklifts, and hybrid vehicles are available to sales personnel.
Lonza – “Rubbish Royalty” is Lonza’s first foray into Rubbish Renewed fashion. This is the most enthusiastic team, creating 3 pieces with 5 designers! The leading supplier in life science industries, and the research center of the company, we love that they are placing sustainability at the core.
Who will you cast your Business Challenge ballot for?
This is just a sneak peak of what is to come this Friday Night at the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Get your tickets today!
Click on the photo to access the Business Challenge Gallery. Photo by Joy Mitsui
Five Business Challenge participants are already confirmed for the January 25th 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show! Each year up to 10 businesses, dedicated to sustainable practices, come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.
Who will be back? What new businesses are to come? In several weeks we will reveal this year’s competitors.
At our 2018 show, ReStore won the Coveted Trash Trophy with Chain, Chain, Chain! ReStore has competed in all 7 of our Business Challenges, with innovative, show stopping designs. Check out their piece along with the other competitors in the 2018 Business Challenge Gallery.
The Business Challenge submission closes when the competition is full. Get your application in today!
Sometimes it just takes a comment at a dinner party to move someone from an eager rubbish reducer to a trash fashionista. That’s what happened to Sarah Stahl last year when, over sushi, she confessed to saving 100’s of single use plastic bread clips for a someday Rubbish Renewed design. Get inspired by her story below, and maybe we’ll see your creation on the runway! Submission deadline December 21, 2018.
Photo by Joy Mitsui
Photo by Joy Mitsui
Photo by Joy Mitsui
Photo by Joy Mitsui
Photo by Joy Mitsui
RR: Why were you inspired to collect bread clips?
SS: Bread clips are small, colorful, light weight, and fun to tinker with- because of the different ways you can connect them and their movement. However, for almost all the same reasons- they’re a real waste problem- especially for marine life. They’re also a great example how seemingly inconsequential, little bits of plastic can really add up quickly.
RR: How did our conversation over dinner push you from a lingering idea to runway ready?
SS:I’ve been to so many Rubbish Renewed runways and always thought, “It would be fun to create something!” but then I would forget about it until it was too late to realistically have the time to put something together. I had the idea of a bread clip dress in the past, and I figured if I committed “out loud” to reaching out to friends and collecting them, I would make it happen. I was at a point in my life where I felt like I needed some kind of creative outlet for some balance, even if it was a small amount of time.
RR: Tell us about your design process from conception to completion.
SS:Lots of collecting and getting the word out. I sketched out many ideas and tinkered with different ways to connect the bread clips. Once I started realizing how many bread clips I was going to need for my original idea, I started modifying. Also, people started giving me that plastic food bag mesh, and that was easy to incorporate in as a base. Using the wire to connect them felt more natural to me than sewing, due to some past jewelry making experience. At the end, it was several long weekends and evenings of lots of drilling and wire work, along with last minute modifications.
RR: What would you say to inspire others who have an idea, but might not see themselves as runway designers?
SS:If you have an idea, go for it and prepare to modify! Start collecting early and tell your friends and family- everyone likes collecting and participating toward the final product. I got bread clips from out of state and from so many different people from all different arms of my life. It was a fun, unique experience to be behind the scenes the night of the show. The nerve-wracking part of walking the runway is really the shortest part of the whole process! It’s a very supportive group and audience.
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!
Click on the photo to access the 2018 Student Runway Gallery.
I’m hearing rumblings throughout the district’s schools of creative kids rummaging for refuse, sketching designs during dinner, and covert clothing creations. There is no question that young people are the passion behind the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show style and environmental mission. More importantly they are the power behind change in our community, country, and world! Experience the students innovative energy through Joy Mitsui’s photos from our January 18, 2018 runway event.
A few photos popped into the Rubbish Renewed inbox in the last few days. Here is the first sneak peek into 2018’s Business Challenge competition! Bring your friends and your voting block to support your pick for the Coveted Trash Trophy!
How many cups of tea does it take to create a garment? Luckily at BBT Architects they support the team with a tea array! Their sustainable building design vision comes to the runway with BBTea! “The garment is constructed of a year’s worth of discarded tea labels and strings tied together to create a 100% reused dress that is not your typical cup of tea.”
With a more modest approach to business casual, Pronghorn proposes a Jacket made with old sheets and wine corks and a dress of patio furniture covers. Clean lines and polished production make this wearable pair ready to play a round on Pronghorn’s reused water quenched greens.
Check back for more Business Challenge sneak peaks. The show is just 1 week away! Get your tickets today!