Common Threads Boulder is preparing to host its annual Trash the Runway fashion show. Formerly known as Recycled Runway, this revolutionary Boulder fashion show is a much-anticipated event each spring. Celebrating its 10th year, Trash the Runway is an independent study workshop and runway show that breathes life into found, recycled, and trashed objects by turning them into fashion statements and works of art.
About Trash the Runway
A product of Common Thread’s Creative Lab – this project invites students in grades 6-12 to spend six weeks sourcing, designing, and crafting upcycled materials into high-fashion, runway-ready attire. These designers then present their creation in a professional fashion show at the Boulder Theater.
What started as a small production, modestly entertaining a crowd of just 30 people in 2009, is now a sold-out show boasting over a thousand attendees. In recent years, first come, first serve seating has prompted lines of eager guests that snake around the block in anticipation of the fashion show.
How the Competition Works
Six weeks of drafting, crafting and trouble-shooting designs will culminate into a buzzing, professional level fashion show, in which the designers now become the models. The students get ready backstage to model their outfits for a panel of three judges. On the day of the show, volunteers help the students get ready – offering both make-overs and encouragement. In previous years, dresses made from Starburst wrappers, skirts fashioned from water hoses, and caution tape boots have made their way down the runway.
Not only does Trash the Runway focus attention on empowering young designers and reducing waste, but it also showcases Boulder’s talented community by inviting local artists and entrepreneurs to attend and be a part of the event. Boulder’s local businesses can participate by contributing as sponsors. I am proud and super excited to be a sponsor of Trash the Runway this 2019.
This year, Rosalind Wiseman, the Boulder-based author of “Queen Bees & Wannabes” will emcee the event. And judges are typically Boulder entrepreneurs and artists. Net proceeds from the show will benefit Blue Sky Bridge, a local non-profit fighting child abuse through intervention and education.
How to Attend
In previous years, tickets sold out almost immediately. This year is sure to be no different. Trash the Runway takes place on March 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets go on sale soon so keep checking Trash the Runway’s event page for updates.
Trash the Runway inspires eco-consciousness, design, creativity, and entrepreneurism in one fell swoop. It gives back to the community while providing lessons in sustainability that give current and future generations hope for the future. High fashion doesn’t have to be materialistic, wasteful, or frivolous. In fact, this influential event proves just the opposite is true.