The annual Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County "Trashy Fashion Show" provided lively entertainment for a crowd of 400, showcasing 39 outfits from 50 designers.
Ninety percent of each outfit was made with items destined for the trash can or the recycling bin -- including old chef coats, T-shirts, prom dresses, Halloween costumes, blue jeans, graduation gowns, candy wrappers, packaging materials, all types of paper, dog and pig food bags, shopping and grocery bags, pop tabs, tile samples, old VHS tapes -- and even a worn-out umbrella.
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As a new element this year, designers were asked to make an outfit to fit a movie theme. Designs included creations depicting characters from "The Hunger Games," "Annie," "Harry Potter," "Cinderella," "Gone with the Wind," "Black Swan" and "Singing in the Rain."
The event was held Nov. 15 in recognition of America Recycles Day.
"This once-a-year-show gives individuals of any age a reason to celebrate reuse by creating a high-quality, one-of-a-kind work of wearable art, which is a testament to being resourceful and respectful by utilizing existing resources," said Mary Allen, SWANCC Recycling and Education director.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County is an intergovernmental agency that was established in 1988 and is comprised of 23 communities: Arlington Heights; Barrington; Buffalo Grove; Elk Grove Village; Evanston; Glencoe; Glenview; Hoffman Estates; Inverness; Kenilworth; Lincolnwood; Morton Grove; Mount Prospect; Niles; Palatine; Park Ridge; Prospect Heights; Rolling Meadows; Skokie; South Barrington; Wheeling; Wilmette and Winnetka.
SWANCC provides member residents a variety of waste reduction and recycling services, programs and resource materials.
For other SWANCC programs, visit swancc.org.