Trashion Fashion DC 2015

After four months weaving dresses from plastic bags, Nora and I had the excited experience of walking the runway at the Trashion Fashion show in DC! The event was at Brookland Middle School, a new school that will open in September 2015. There were lots of models – perhaps 50 from elementary and middle schools, along with dancers from a group called the Bomb Squad and a few other designers like Trashmagination who were not associated with DC Public Schools.

We started by getting our hair and make-up done by volunteers from the Dudley Beauty College. They did an amazing job considering they had only a few hours to style all those people. Check out Nora’s transformation!

Nora's hair by Dudley Beauty College artist

Nora’s hair by Dudley Beauty College artist

Nora's hair by Dudley Beauty College artist

Nora’s hair by Dudley Beauty College artist

Nora getting make-up done by Dudley Beauty College artist

Nora getting make-up done by Dudley Beauty College artist

Many dancing groups and musicians from DC Public Schools provided entertainment before and after the models walked the runway. Just before the models started their part, Nora and I played a short trash can drumming song. We did alright considering we both had just recovered from the flu, and had almost no practice time for five days before the show!

Drumming at the Trashion Fashion show

Drumming at the Trashion Fashion show

The event had such a huge audience – I think there were many more people than expected. So it was a bit hectic finding our way along the runway. Here was Nora’s first turn on the runway, and then both of us during the “finale” when we walked around again.

Nora on the runway at Trashion Fashion DC

Nora on the runway at Trashion Fashion DC

Carla & Nora on the runway at Trashion Fashion DC

Carla & Nora on the runway at Trashion Fashion DC

Some funny moments:

  • More than one elementary school student asked we were twins, which either very flattering for me or kids are really not that observant.
  • One lady said she loved my dress and would love to buy one like it. I said since it took about four months, I could probably sell for about $10,000? She got a good kick out of it.

We saw many people taking photos so hopefully there might be more photos soon! But you can see we had a great time and appreciated the incentive to create these unusual art pieces / dresses.

Trashmagination's full outfits at the Trashion Fashion DC show

Trashmagination’s full outfits at the Trashion Fashion DC show

4 thoughts on “Trashion Fashion DC 2015

  1. Grampy Brown on

    You guys look terrific. I am impressed wiht the final product. I think the most important part of the event is being able to do it together as mother and daughter. You made a memory which will stay with you forever. Dad/Grampy

  2. Norma Ponee on

    What an unbelievable experience! It looks like you guys had a lot of fun doing this project. Bravo for a job well done!

  3. Donna Rowe on

    Hi Carla & Nora
    We haven’t met, but we know your Mom & Dad from our Myrtle Beach trips. We were all saving garbage bags for your dress project this past winter but always curious about the final product. We were thrilled that your mom shared your fabulous photos and a bit about your experience. Congratulations!! You are obviously as talented as your mom!
    Donna & Gareth Rowe
    Cape Breton

  4. Kathleen and Terry Buchanan on

    Wow what beautiful pictures, both girls looked amazing, hard to believe their outfit made from bags, what a job, alot to be proud of, thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. all is fine with us , we are leaving this afternoon to go to Corner Brook, Terry is having his surgery in the morning, hoping to see you in August, To the girls Congratulations

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