Trash fash on the catwalk this weekend

Trash to Fash is coming to the Baycourt Addison Theatre again this weekend as part of Envirohubs’s Sustainable Art Challenge.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – or a clever student’s fashion design.

Envirohub’s Sustainable Art Challenge attracted 70 entries this year, including 11 short films and 59 ‘Trash to Fash’ entries.

The Trash to Fashion Show and awards ceremony will be held at the Baycourt Addison Theatre this Sunday, with students modelling their Trash to Fash creations before a team of judges and a screening of some of the best short films.

Judges this year include Jacinta Fitzgerald, Anne-Marie Simon and Lynette Fisher from Toi Ohomai, Kerry Funnell from Funnell Designs, Kristy Robinson from BOP Film and artist Michelle Estall.

The annual Sustainable Art Challenge promotes awareness of environmental issues through art and is open to intermediate and secondary students as well as adults within the Western Bay of Plenty.

Entries will be judged on a combination of sustainability, innovation, creativity, wearability, stage impact and functionality.

In the Trash to Fash category, entrants are encouraged to create a masterpiece by upcycling fabric scraps and old garments, or make something stunning out of ‘waste’ from around home or work.

Moviemakers are encouraged to create short films of up to two minutes in length to encourage viewers to get involved in sustainable activities.

The Trash to Fashion Show and awards ceremony is from 3-6pm on Sunday, June 17. To reserve a free seat at the awards ceremony, visit: