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Trash fashion show at Heritage Woods highlights environmental issues

From left, Yalda Zeini, Kimberley Chow and Dorothy Tang model outfits made of reycled materials for the upcoing Garbage Fashion Show organized by Heritage Woods secondary school KWAP
From left, Yalda Zeini, Kimberley Chow and Dorothy Tang model outfits made of reycled materials for the upcoing Garbage Fashion Show organized by Heritage Woods secondary school KWAP's (Kodiacs with a Purpose) slated for April 19.
— image credit: DIANE STRANDBERG/THE TRI-CITY NEWS

Move over Alfred Sung and Simon Chang. There are some new Canadian designers prepping for the catwalk.

But these fashionistas aren't designing clothes made of cotton, silk and satin.

They work in plastic — recycled plastic — but their high fashion designs are no less lovely — or practical.

On April 19, models and student designers will be showing off their duds made of recycled materials for the fourth annual Garbage Fashion Show. The event is being hosted by the Kodiacs with a Purpose (KWAPs) group at Heritage Woods secondary school but will feature 36  outfits designed by high school students from across School District 43.

The event is a fundraiser, according to spokesperson Celeste Matthews, a Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods, who said the KWAPs hope to raise $3,000 for local charities, including the Noons Creek fish hatchery and the Inner Hope Youth Ministries for at risk youth.

Josephine Gunapranata who designed two outfits that will be modeled said she enjoyed the challenge of making clothes out of recycled material. "It's supposed to be a focus on fashion, but the challenge out of making it out of recycled items puts the spotlight on environmental awareness," she said. Among the materials used were used garbage bags and plastic tablecloths.

"Making clothes out of is something you don't hear about but it's way more fun," Gunapranata added.

Tickets are $10 ($7 for students) and available by emailing garbageshow.info@gmail.com

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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