Dental Film and Twine
To make sure the eco-chic message reaches the audience, for every show each designer writes up a description of the outfit he or she created, including what it’s made from and where the trash was found. While some designers model their own fashions at local shows, others simply make their outfits at home in their spare time and ship them to Haute Trash.
Some notable looks include a dress crafted out of old dental film and lit up from behind with LEDs; outfits knitted from a “plastic yarn” of magnetic videotape and plastic bags; a flapper outfit made using soda-can tabs tied together with twine; and a dress constructed from wine-bottle corks and elasticized thread.
Anyone and everyone can get involved in trash fashion — just send Haute Trash an email to get started. And don’t be held back by your age or location: Haute Trash has had a designer as young as 10, and several others who live all across the country. As Griffis puts it, along with raising awareness about waste and recycling, “part of our mission statement is to highlight the beauty of all shapes, sizes and ages.”
And the beauty of saving trash from landfills, of course.