MILFORD – Lauralton Hall’s Environmental Club wowed the crowd with innovative outfits that turned trash into glam at its annual Eco Fashion Show. Now in its eighth year, Trash the Runway is one of the club’s many activities aimed at promoting sustainable living and good stewardship of the earth.
Models paraded the runway in dresses, gowns, pants and skirts made out of aluminum cans, pizza boxes, newspaper and an Eco Fashion Show staple – duct tape. New this year was a collaborative project with Village Vogue Boutique in Milford, incorporating vintage and "recycled" clothing into the show.
"This is a student-run activity," explained club moderator Donna DiMassa. "It’s about the girls feeling empowered to take over the management of a project and make it a success. We are grateful to Village Vogue for selecting several outfits that mixed vintage clothing with contemporary styles. We hope this will encourage other students and faculty, that recycled clothing is something you can wear every day, not just at a fashion show."
The first part of the show was narrated by club officers who not only explained details of the outfits and materials used, but they also presented each model’s so-called "eco-fact," such as senior Caitlin Nevins’ reminder that if every 75-watt light bulb was replaced with energy efficient bulbs, there would be one ton less of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Remi Smith, who won the prize for Best Sophomore Outfit, modeled a dress made of trash bags. Her eco-awareness fact was that approximately 380 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the United States every year, yet only 1-2 percent are recycled.
Another stunning dress that made everyone sit up to get a better look was worn by sophomore Lee Bisch; her creation was made of brown paper, accented by yellow flowers.
Club president Megan Fickes said, "The show is a great way for us to get out the message of the Environmental Club to raise awareness about conservation and the environment. The show makes people think twice about what they are throwing away."
She thanked the judges and the Advanced Placement calculus students who added the scores.
We are also grateful to all of the judges and to the AP Calculus students for adding up the scores so quickly."
Below is a list of winners:
Best Freshman Outfit: Coleen Ilano
Best Sophomore Outfit: Remi Smith:
Best Junior Outfit: Andrea Lopez
Best Senior Outfit: Gabrielle (Elle) Mancini
First Place Overall: Model Sarah Parlato, outfit made from Disney shopping bags
Most Interesting Material: Designer and model Meghan Warren, outfit made from Arizona juice boxes
Most Avant Garde: Designer Ana Masciana; model Emma McCarthy, outfit made from childhood oil paintings
Most Wearable: Designer/Liza Leonard; model Mary Kate Fornshell, tennis outfit made from senior uniform polo shirts
Best Runway Presence: Models Megan Hazzard and Quinn Costantini
Four-Year Presentation Award: Caroline McCauley, who also designed several of the outfits.