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Monday, November 16, 2009

Junk to Funk Roundup

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 3:30 PM

The 4th Annual Junk to Funk recycled fashion show last Saturday night was a pretty swank affair for fashion show celebrating trash.

Here's the idea: Thirty local designers pieced together original clothes from trashed goods, like traffic cones, six-pack rings, bubble wrap and Sytrofoam. For one night only, the clothes are displayed on a stunning catwalk at the Crystal Ballroom at a fashion show MC'd by Mayor Sam Adams and our own Marjorie Skinner, who are forced to wear a top hat and vest, respectively, fashioned from old CDs. The whole thing raises awareness about the waste we create. It's a great idea and a great cause.

Before the show, hundreds of Portlanders packed the Crystal Ballroom, hot-gluing DIY corsages courtesy of SCRAP and generally having a good time. The live band was great, the fashion show set pieced together from giant Styrofoam blocks was stellar.

But once the show actually got going... eh. Marjorie and Mayor Adams were given WAY too long of scripts to read, filling the time between clothing sets with long minutes of forced banter that the audience quickly learned to tune out. It was an example of what should be the number one rule of hosting events: KEEP IT SHORT!

Some of the clothing pieces were cool, but nothing knocked me out and I got tired of the lack of variety—almost every piece in the show was either a wide, fluffy dress or a tight, sexy dress.

I also learned an important lesson: I suck at fashion photography. Below are a couple of the better photos I took of the pieces I most enjoyed, so you can at least get a gist of what went down.

Old safety vest, maybe?
  • Old safety vest, maybe?

Coffee filter and scrap ribbon dress -- Adrienne Duckrow
  • Coffee filter and scrap ribbon dress — Adrienne Duckrow

Sunkissed  - beanbag and old screen-made dress from Kristin Olson-Huddle
  • "Sunkissed" - beanbag and old screen-made dress from Kristin Olson-Huddle

Bubble wrap jacket and old ticket hat
  • Bubble wrap jacket and old ticket hat

Hooves for humans!
  • Hooves for humans!

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