Students go green for fashion
University at Albany students hit the runway to serve looks and raise awareness about environmental sustainability at the Trashion Fashion show last Tuesday. UAlbany Green Scene hosted the fashion show with help from Students for Sustainability, the Student Association, and Campus Center Connections. All of the outfits were made from trash and recycled materials at or around the Albany campus. Fifteen models vied for fame and a handful of $100 gift cards.
Shamika Gentle represented the university apartments in her armor of cereal and garbage bags. Her costume, as well as Taylor Martin’s, was inspired by Black Panther. Gentle also carried a spear that unfolded into a banner that read “Wakanda Forever.” The crowd went wild, but it was Martin’s duct tape shield and dress won Kappa Alpha Pi the Greek organization awar
Dianna Butrowes modeled for Dutch Quad in a dress with a long train and a hat made of Albany Student Press newspapers. As Butrowes walked down the runway, co-host Mike Boshart mentioned that thousands of newspapers are discarded incorrectly on our campus. Some are tossed on the ground others pile up in garbage cans, but newspaper can be recycled. They can also be used as insulation, to create art or decor with paper mache, or turned into a stunning dress. Haven Hutchinson of the Student Association also modeled a newspaper outfit. His suit jacket and pants ripped off in a Magic Mike-esque strut.
Marygrace Graves walked for Delta Phi Epsilon in a mod halter crop top and mini skirt. The top was made of stretchy silver plastic and the skirt was made of trash bags. She carried a purse decorated by an old record. This dress won the style award.
Jinju Kim went on to win the prize for the individual category for her long white dress and veil made of plastic bags. It was amazing to see something so plain and wasteful like a plastic bag turned into a work of art. The dress was elegant and eye-catching.
Other winners included Indian Quad for creativity with a duct tape dress modeled by Chelsea Aguakwa. The Office of Sustainability won construction. The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center won sustainability with a go-go dress and a giant cloak inspired by LGBTQ+ flags. The Office of Parking & Mass Transit won best campus office with a cute little dress made of parking tickets modeled by Sidney Pesta, a staff member’s daughter. Colonial Quad won best living area and Alumni Quad won fan favorite.
This fashion show allowed UAlbany students to exercise their creativity and innovation. All of these outfits were made of the same kinds of material that people toss out car windows and stuff into overflowing trash cans. The Trashion Fashion show is hosted in hopes that it will motivate students to recycle.