Trashion Fashion Show

A combination of trash and fashion, the 4th Annual Trashion Fashion Show will provide participants with an opportunity to use their design skills to create and exhibit a garment created from discarded materials. Designers are encouraged to use their imagination and design skills to transform trash or recyclables into fashion. Create and show a fabulous, fun, and wearable outfit created from items that otherwise would be discarded. Be inventive and think “outside the recycle bin”.

Trashion Fashion Show

Fall 2020

Contest Rules and Information

Trashion Show Categories

Ages 10-13
Ages 14-17
Ages 18 and older

  • 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.
    • 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. 
      • Garment Description and  Environmental Fact Examples
        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.
      • 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.
    • 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.


  • 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 must be worn at the runway show, but do not have to be made by the designer, nor made or recycled or reusable materials.
  • Designers can select their own model or model the outfit themselves. Models do not need any prior experience but should be ready to best represent the fashion on the runway.
    • Photo releases for models and designers will be sent via email to the designer and MUST be completed and returned by TBD.

Entries will be evaluated on creativity, design, craftsmanship and on their environmental message. All garments must be accompanied by an environmental fact that connects the fashion, material used, and the material’s effect on the environment.

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