We’ve all found ourselves staring disappointedly at our closet of (too many) clothes, exasperated by the utter lack of things to wear. Recycled couture may be the perfect solution to switch things up and refresh your style. How about a dress made of movie tickets? Or a jacket made from packing materials? The young designers featured at Trash the Runway blew me away with their innovative manipulation of such challenging fabric to create chic apparel.

Photography By: Marla Rutherford

Before attending the event, I was unaware the designers were only in middle school and high school. I was shocked by the bold styles and personalities of the young artists. Their excitement was contagious as they proudly strutted their stuff for the adoring crowd. When asked about their work, almost every designer commented on how long it took them or how they had to repeatedly start over because of the frustratingly unique textiles.

Photography By: Marla Rutherford

The contestants were critiqued based on categories such as functionality and innovation, winning titles that included crowd favorite and best overall. There was a wide variety of ensembles decorated with everything from winged accessories to Victorian-style neck pieces. However, I was most impressed by the grand prize winner’s creation. In the blur of feminine colors and silhouettes, this daring combination of greens and yellows stole the show. The winning designer, Ara Davis, quite literally hit the bull’s eye in terms of balancing function and creativity. She artfully repurposed a shooting target, a blow-up mattress, and a pool float. This look, tastefully paired with the perfect blue lipstick, was one I wanted to take home with me.

Photography By: Marla Rutherford

The talent showcased at this event only furthered my excitement for the young designers’ future accomplishments. What better way to celebrate 10 years of excellent design?