UAE | Environment

Trashion show to glam up garbage

Where some people see trash, amateur designers at a Sharjah school see a new wardrobe

  • By Mazhar Farooqui, Deputy editor, XPRESS
  • Published: 20:17 November 21, 2012

  • Image Credit: SUPPLIED PHOTO
  • Trashion: Students sashaying on the ramp in dresses made of recyled material
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Dubai Would you wear a dress made of bubble wraps, tea bags and discarded bottle caps? For all you know, clothes made of these discarded items may just be a stitch away, thanks to an initiative by Our Own English High School in Sharjah.

trash to fashion

Of late, amateur designers at the school’s home science department have been honing their skills in trashion, a portmanteau of trash and fashion. There are bewitching evening gowns made of plastic sheets and chocolate wraps, smart party outfits made out of tea bags and jute and, in one case, a fancy blouse embellished with a keyboard!

These outrageous creations were among many others showcased at a ‘Recycle Runway’ show at the school earlier this month. “The idea is to inspire people to find creative use for waste and divert recyclable material away from the landfills,” said senior faculty at the school’s home science department, Anitha Sanalkumar, who’s spearheading the unique eco-campaign.

Flush with the success of the show, the school is now preparing to rope in four more schools and hold a much bigger event at a mall in Dubai next month.

“Sustainable fashion is the way forward. We hope the event will create awareness and make people think twice before they throw something away,” said Anitha.

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