Trashion Show explores students’ inner creativity

Contributed photo: Freshmen Sabrina VanTine and Ashley Favata pose in their recycled outfits to encourage students to attend Trashion Show.Contributed photo: Freshmen Sabrina VanTine and Ashley Favata pose in their recycled outfits to encourage students to attend Trashion Show.

Clubs on campus are collaborating to create an event that involves a creative approach to recycling.

The Art Education Club, along with help from the Fashion Merchandising Club and Art Therapy Club, is hosting a “Trashion Show” on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union.

The event is a spin-off of a typical fashion show with a focus on “trash.”

The garments and accessories that will be worn by the models will all be made out of recycled objects. Materials can range from newspaper and food or drink boxes to broken household items.

Participants are encouraged to refrain from using large amounts of duct tape or creating entire duct tape outfits. The event is also challenging people to refrain from purchasing anything for their creations.

If you want to get involved in the Trashion Show, you can make an outfit as an individual, group or club. You can either nominate your own model, or models may be provided to strut your outfit down the runway.

A panel of judges will then evaluate the garments and prizes will be given out for first, second and third places.

“The event is not as structured as a typical fashion show,” said Art Eduaction Club Co-president Megan O’Polka. “We want our participants to have fun. Make up a dance for walking down the runway, choose a really fun song or walk down with your best friends in trash outfits. Anyone can do this. It will also help bring awareness to recycling and reusing.”

The Art Education Club is also currently looking for an individual or a pair of students who would be interested in being emcee.

If you are interested in this role, contact O’Polka at or Art Education Club Secretary Rosemary Moore at

If you want to become involved in the event by designing an outfit for the runway, you can sign up as an individual, group or club on the Facebook page “1st Annual Trashion Show.”

There is a sign-up link available on the page.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 16, at midnight.

It is $2 to enter an outfit and free to attend the event. There will also be a raffle during the show so the audience can participate in the evening.

To learn more, feel free to attend club meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Zurn 221. Also check out the Facebook page for more information or email O’Polka.

“I think this is going to be a really fun and unique event for Mercyhurst,” said O’Polka. “I hope everyone takes a chance to showcase their creativity.”