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Registration opens for “Trashion Fashion” events

Community invited to turn trash into treasure

Official entry forms and rules for the 2022 Sonoma Community Center Trashion Fashion events are now available for anyone curious about creative sustainable opportunities to “turn trash into treasure.” There are three ways to participate!

Participants can make original garments – wearable art that will strut down the “Trashion Fashion” catwalk. Individuals or groups, ages 9 and above, are encouraged to enter. The only rules are that outfits must be made from materials that have been previously used, found at thrift stores, or rescued from the trash. Prizes will be awarded under a variety of categories, and entries will be featured in the 12th annual “Trashion Fashion Show” scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall.

In preparation for the mainstage runaway show, kids ages 9-17 can enroll in the upcoming Trashion Fashion Design Class, beginning Feb. 19, where students will be given tools, materials, and guidance to construct their own garment from unconventional materials from beginning to end. Enrollment in the class will also include the students’ registration fee for the “Trashion Runway Show.”

There is also the opportunity to save a plastic Barbie doll from the landfills by transforming it into an upcycled showpiece. These new works of art will be featured in Gallery 212’s exhibit and silent auction, “BARBIE: Reclaimed & Reinvented.” Mail-in Barbie entries will be accepted, meaning that almost anyone anywhere can participate. Participants are encouraged to have fun, be inventive, interpret this any way they like, but use only recycled materials and wholesome imagery.

Thanks in part to a partnership with Recology – Sonoma Marin, free dolls are available to the community on a first-come, first-served basis at the Sonoma Community Center. Meanwhile, artists are encouraged to use their own dolls if they have them. All Barbie creations will be auctioned off at the conclusion of Trashion Fashion, with proceeds benefiting the Community Center’s programs.

The third event is for local dog owners interested in upcycling materials into fun costumes for their pooch: they can enter the “Dogs on the Catwalk” Trashion Fashion contest. Judges will be on hand to award each four-legged entry based on their participation at this beloved event, scheduled for April 9 at the Sonoma Community Center.

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