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Sonoma Community Center invites new voices for updated Trashion events

Sonoma Community Center invites new voices for updated Trashion events


After a postponement of last year’s Trashion Fashion Show, the Sonoma Community Center will once again host the 2021 Trashion events in April, globally known as Earth Month. Registration has officially begun for anyone willing to turn trash into treasure.

Those interested can participate in two ways. Using only recycled materials, participants can make actual, wearable art that will be showcased on the fashion catwalk. Another option is to transform a Barbie doll into an artfully upcycled showpiece that will be featured in the annual exhibition and silent auction.

“What’s great about this is that we are always seeking new voices,” says Creative Programs Manager Eric Jackson, who produced November’s virtual Trashion Show that was a love letter to Sonoma. “We want amateurs, professionals, designers, friends, families, youth, seniors, and everyone in between who have always thought about doing it, but never got around to it. It’s truly a community affair.”

New for 2021 is the chance for creative Barbie recyclers to enter the themed contest of “Recognizable Heroes,” which can include a fictional or nonfictional representation in any time period or world. Themed entries will be automatically eligible to win money that will be voted on by the community. Barbie entries do not need to fit the theme to be included in the virtual exhibit and silent auction.

The Trashion Fashion Show also has a new opportunity for its designers: anyone entering the fashion show can be a part of the upcoming “Road to the Runway” behind-the-scenes virtual program by documenting their creative process from inspiration to creation. More details and deadlines are provided on the application forms. “There are no limitations to how you can interpret the challenges, as long as you don’t use anything new,” Jackson continued. “Now is the time to go through your recycle bins and start dreaming!” Free dolls, provided in part by Recology, will be available to the community for curbside pick-up by contacting Eric Jackson by email at [email protected] or by calling 707-938- 4626, ext. 3. Interested artists are also encouraged to use their own dolls if they have them.

The deadline to enter any of the 11th Annual Trashion Fashion events is Mar. 5. The entry fee to register for the runway show is $45 per garment for adults and $25 per garment for juniors ages 9-17. Barbie entries are $25 an entry or $40 for two entries. All proceeds go to supporting the Center’s arts and educational programming.

For more information on the rules and to download the Trashion applications, visit or call the Sonoma Community Center at 707-938-4626, ext. 3.

by Eric Jackson

Trashion Fashion ‘Queen of Hearts’designer and model Stella O’Connor. The piece is made from recycled objects.