Bruce Middle School students held a unique type of fashion show that proved recycling is always in style.
The St. James school held its fourth annual recycled fashion show on March 27 at 7 p.m.
Wear It Out! Recycled Runway featured students sporting outfits they designed and created themselves using recycled items.
There was also a competition component to the fashion show. Two of the Grade 7 classes participating in the show had been divided up into 12 teams of four students earlier this year. Each team designed an outfit to be worn to the show, and one member from each team had to walk the runway in it.
Audience members, made up of between 200 to 250 people, were able to vote for their favourite design. The winner of the evening was "Cappuccino Couture" by a team called Frappuccino Fashion, made up of Sarah Janzen, Jeiry Almonte Torres, Kaitilin Friesen, and Gabriel Oakes.
Tina Nowosad, Bruce Middle School’s art teacher and the fashion show’s organizer, said the event, although successful, was extremely tiring.
"I’m going to need to delegate jobs because I am so exhausted," Nowosad said with a laugh.
This year’s fashion show had been in the works since Jan. 6 this year. Nowosad started with showing this year’s crop of students what had been done in the previous years and how they can improve upon the concept.
Nowosad also had some advice to share with the budding designers to avoid fashion crises.
"For example, it’s easy to make an outfit and forget how to get it on. It needs to have an opening," Nowosad explained.
Of course, Nowosad was also prepared the day of the show in case there was a wardrobe malfunction while on the runway.
"We had an emergency repair kit backstage," Nowosad said. "If something needed taping up, if something tore at the last minute, we had a little bit of every outfit in the kit."
Nowosad said as an art teacher, she typically has to work with a limited budget when it comes to purchasing art supplies for her classes. As a result, she collects recycled and used items for her students to work on, so the money could be put to better use, like buying quality art supplies. A few years ago, Nowosad was working on something using bottle caps and old decks of cards and got the idea to make clothing out of them.
"In 2011, we didn’t know we’d have a fashion show. Once the kids made the clothes they were going to wear, we thought, ‘Why don’t we have a show?’"
This year’s collection included outfits made out of Starbucks cups, bubble wrap, coffee filters, and garbage bags, to name a few. Nowosad said the students collected the items needed to build their outfits.
"They had a lot of fun," Nowosad said.