1. A popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament, composed entirely of repurposed materials that otherwise would have been discarded and unused.

The Center for Arts & Technology invited students to participate in a new spring event focused on innovative design, sustainability, and artistic expression. The competition was open to S&T interdisciplinary student teams who had a desire to turn trash into fashion through the creation of wearable garments made from discarded materials.

Browse entries from the 1st Annual Trashion Show

  • Teams had to be interdisplinary.
  • Each team was responsible for making a garment and recruiting a model to walk the runway for the spring trashion runway show.
  • Design had to be be original and demonstrate a level of sophisticated creativity and complex design.
  • Garments had to be made of at least 90% reused and recycled materials.

A panel of interdisciplinary judges rated the designs based on the following criteria:

  • Originality: Innovative use of recycled materials.
  • Sustainability: Percentage of recycled/repurposed/reused materials in the garment.
  • Visual impact: Choice of colors, integration of materials, and overall look of the garment based on type (dress, suit, coat, etc.).
  • Technical aspects: Construction of garment.

Additionally, the audience was asked to vote for their favorite garment at the end of the project runway presentation.

Juried Prizes
  • 1st Prize: $500.00
  • 2nd Prize: $250.00
  • 3rd Prize: $125.00
People’s Choice
  • 1st Prize: $150.00


Browse the Annual Arts and Innovation Trashion Show Collections:

Trashion Show 2022