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Credo’s Trashion owns the runway

  • Photo by Irene Hilsendager

By: Irene Hilsendager
November 22, 2019

Last Fri. Credo High School set up a runway with judges and showed off the many costumes made from recycled, reusable discard objects or materials in such a way to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original piece.

Marika Ramsden oversees the One Planet program for Credo and says her students are so creative and energetic about the whole thing.

The Trashion show was started a couple of years ago when a group was inspired while attending a show that was initiated by Kelly McNeal at the Marin Civic Center. 

Some of the students start in very early designing and others procrastinate and wait until one hour before the runway show.

Trashion is a term for art, jewelry and clothing created from used, thrown-out, found and repurposed elements.

The four levels of grades at Credo determine what cohort you are, so the announcers will say Cohort from grade 11, etc. There were about 30 students showing off their creations in all styles and colors.

The idea of the Trashion show is to raise awareness of waste of certain products and see if those companies or corporations can find an alternative to change the waste to a more productive item.

The four judges Marcena Peterson, Leslie Lukacs, Eric Jackson and Liz Bass-Galespie based their winners on ingenuity, best costume and designer ideas. 

The dresses, capes, hats and pants were made from many items-used grocery bags, old plastic cups, candy and potato chip wrappers, Amazon envelopes, boxes and bubble wrap; green garbage bags, cardboard, soda cans, paper plates and newspapers. The audience was loud and cheerful, and many students were already seeing visions of next year’s Trashion show.

The month of Dec. the students are doing Zero Waste and they will bring items to swap so nothing gets thrown away.

The overall winner was 11th grader Sean Oelmuller Rasch from the Emerald Cohort and who is also an exchange student from Germany. Sean was dressed in jacket and pants all made out of Skittles bags.

The student event production lead was Molly Bingham.