Each year, Boulder looks forward to an alternative-style fashion show that features trash instead of textiles. Trash the Runway is an art and environmentally-focused fashion exhibit hosted by Common Threads, a boutique consignment store on Pearl Street. This year’s event looks a bit different than last due to COVID restrictions. Here’s how you can enjoy Trash the Runway 2021.
What is Trash the Runway?
Formerly known as Recycled Runway, this fashion show initially started as an educational project for students grades 6 – 12. Participants learned how to critically think about fashion design, working through the entire process of creating their own pieces. Students used recyclable items and other forms of trash as the medium. As a grand finale, student designers held and participated in a fashion show competition.
How to Participate in Trash the Runway
Over the years, the show has continued to transform, attracting more and more participants and guests with each passing season. This year won’t offer an in-person fashion show, but middle school and high school students interested in getting involved can participate in a variety of classes.
In February, the class was centered around making slippers. March’s theme is travel inspiration. Classes are scheduled through April and the upcoming months still have availability. Check out the schedule or sign your child up here.
What Trash the Runway Means on a Larger Scale
This event presents much more than a special take on fashion. It helps those participating and viewing reconsider what we do with our trash and how much is actually generated. The idea that a single-use plastic container can also be turned into a rain jacket, and in the process can empower a student to cultivate a new hobby or even launch their own small business, is revolutionary in its own right.
It’s no secret that the majority of the fashion industry is based on single season styles that are born from the hands of underpaid, overworked individuals. Trash the Runway reminds us to take a deeper look at our own consumption and reevaluate what’s important and sustainable for humans and the planet.
To stay updated on Common Threads and Trash the Runway, follow their social account. Continue to support small business by consigning your clothes or picking up gentle-used, name-brand styles from this beloved boutique.