Trashion Fashion Show

Trashion Fashion Identity

The annual Trashion Fashion Show is a fun, creative competition in which participants use their imagination and design skills to create and exhibit a wearable garment using materials that otherwise would be discarded. Each year, the participants think “outside the recycle bin” to transform trash or recyclables into inventive and stylish fashion.

In 2020, the fifth year of competition, the rules and entry process will be modified to protect the health and safety of participants, spectators, judges and event staff. Instead of an in-person fashion show-style runway competition, the participants will be required to record portions of their design and fabrication process and submit their recordings to the City for judging.

See the rules below for complete details.

  • Entries due Friday, Oct. 23, 2020
  • Community Choice Award voting online via social media, Nov. 15-18, 2020
  • Winners announced via social media, Nov. 20, 2020

Entry Form

Contest Rules and Information

Video Entry

In the shadow of the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Trashion Fashion Show will require the submission of a written online form and the submission of a self-recorded video and several photos for judges to review your creation. The submitted videos and photos will be reviewed by judges and used to produce a competition video that will feature all entries and announce the winners in each category.


Video Documentation of Design and Manufacturing Process 

Use a cell phone to record video footage that includes the contestant or team providing the following elements while looking into the camera:

Shooting Your Video
Times listed are for recommended maximum for that section of the overall video which should be approximately three minutes in length.

  • Say your name(s), then spell out your first and last name on camera. Say your age, your school (if applicable) and grade for the Fall 2020 semester. (30 seconds)
  • Describe your design concept and the inspiration behind it. You can also show examples of drawings or photos that influenced your design. Describe and show the materials you plan to use in the garment and accessories. (1 minute)
  • Share an environmental fact that connects the fashion, material used, and the material’s effect on the environment. (1 minute)
  • Document your work by recording multiple short segments showing your manufacturing process. (30-45 seconds)
  • Record your model saying their name and spelling out their first and last name on camera. Next, record the model wearing your creation. This can be recorded indoors or outdoors in a visually appealing setting and your creation should be shown from several angles and at varying distances. (30-45 seconds)

Editing Your Video

  • You must combine all of your videos into one continuous recording of up to three (3) minutes in length
  • For copyright reasons, DO NOT USE ANY MUSIC in your videos.
  • If possible, save your video as an .mp4 or .mov file and include your last name in the title of the video.


  • Take 3-5 color photos (.jpg or .png) of your model wearing your creation.
  • Cell phone photos or digital camera photos are acceptable with higher resolution preferred.

Submitting Your Video and Photos

  • When you submit your registration through the online form you will be asked to upload your final video and photo files.

Usage Rights

  • By entering this competition and submitting a video and photos you will be giving the City of Chandler permission to use your likeness and submitted videos and photos featuring your creation.
  • After registration is submitted, photo releases for models and designers will be sent via email to the designer and MUST be completed and returned by the deadline provided in the email.
  • The City of Chandler will use portions of all videos submitted to create 2020 Trashion Fashion Show videos that will be posted on the City’s website, social media channels and Government Cable Channel.


Trashion Show Categories

  • Best in Show – Ages 10-13
  • Best in Show – Ages 14-17
  • Best in Show – Ages 18 and older
  • Community Choice (voted on by individuals through the City’s social media accounts)  


Participant Criteria

  • Participants must be residents of Arizona or attend an Arizona school.
  • Only the first 25 entries for each age category will be accepted.
  • Teams must enter under the age category of their oldest member.
  • Prizes awarded to winners of each category.



Garments must be made from at least 75% recyclable or reused material that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. Examples can include, but are not limited to paper, magazines, plastic containers, plastic bags, cardboard, packaging, steel, tin or aluminum etc. Try to use items you already own, borrow from a neighbor, family member or business that was intended for the trash.

If you need base fabric to adhere items, please do not purchase something new. You may acquire such items from a garage sale, thrift shop or borrow from a friend or family member, etc.

All garments must be clean, safe to wear and touch. No sharp edges, no glass, no liquids or food waste.

You may sew; stitch, tape, hot glue, rivet, staple or do whatever it takes to hold pieces together.

Designers may not take items out of recycling or trash cans, other than their own, nor remove items from the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center or recycling centers.

Due to the all-ages education event, we require designs to be modest and not too revealing.

All garments must be accompanied by a Garment Description and Environmental Fact that connects the fashion, material used, and the material’s effect on the environment and how it can be reduced, recycled or reused by the public.

You may find some assistance in developing this portion of the entry at these and other sites:

  • Keep America Beautiful
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • City of Chandler Trash and Recycling
  • Earth 9-1-1


Examples of Garment Description and Environmental Fact

  • Megan
    Megan is wearing a dress made from plastic packaging, newspapers, grocery bags and aluminum juice pouches.
    • Capri Sun drink pouches are shiny, colorful and almost indestructible. They cannot be placed in regular recycling containers but can be collected and mailed to Terracycle. This company collects hard to recycle waste and converts it into a wide variety of products and materials. They pay you to send them waste.  Source: Terracycle 
  • Pamela
    Pamela is wearing a dress designed and made by Robin Hatcher. The dress is made out of 25 straws, 50 bottle caps, 35 soda caps, and reused fabric.
    • More than 500 million disposable plastic straws are used in the United States every day and would fill more than 127 school buses daily, or more than 46,400 school bus loads per year just with straws. Source: Earth 9-1-1
  • Anna
    Anna’s dress is made from 15-20 plastic Target shopping bags, about a half a yard of bubble wrap, and also some scrap material from a homemade Halloween costume. The plastic bags have been fused together with an iron to make the material. Plastic bags are not biodegradable, they actually photodegrade, meaning plastic bags break down into small bits that contaminate the soil and waterways.
    • Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastics.



  • Only accessories made by the designers that are made from 75% recycled or reused materials can be worn on the runway, but are not required.
  • Shoes are optional, but if worn they do not have to be made by the designer, nor made or recycled or reusable materials.



  • Designers can select their own model or present the outfit themselves. Models do not need any prior experience but should be ready to best represent the fashion in a stylish and appealing presentation.
    • Photo releases for models and designers will be sent via email to the designer and MUST be completed and returned by the deadline provided in the release.



  • Entries will be evaluated on creativity, design, craftsmanship and on their environmental message that connects the fashion, material used, and the material’s effect on the environment.
  • The Community Choice award is a vote by the public and no specific criteria is used.



  • Prizes will be awarded to winners of each category.
  • Winning garments will be displayed at Chandler City Hall.


Traci Conaway