What is Trashion?

Trashion is a fun way to use art to create awareness, wrapping serious messaging in an arresting collection of consumer waste creations. Our project brings local artists into schools to show how they find, handle, and shape these materials, transforming them from waste into something amazing. Clothes and accessories are created from used e-waste, discarded textiles, packaging, and plastic debris to make fashion statements which really mean something!

Our Pilot Project

In 2020 Mash It Up! is back, bigger, bolder and brighter than ever. We can’t wait for our installation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in May 2020 to showcase the brilliance of our participating schools and their message to the fashion industry. In September the third year of our trashion competition will take place during the Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park.

Each year we work with selected Sydney high schools to address the problems of waste, pollution and raging apocalypse-anxiety, by engaging creative teenagers in something they are all obsessed with – fashion!

Bucking the trend for toxic fast fashion, the student teams work for 3 months to create a collection of trashion couture solely from waste materials. They also develop a multi-media communications strategy to compliment their creations. In September they parade their astonishing couture at the Youth Eco Summit, competing for prizes such as Best Messaging and Most Resourceful.

So far students from Nepean CAPA have cleaned up two years in a row winning major prizes at Mash It Up! with their stunning Trashion Couture, while students at Northmead CAPA and Engadine High school created stiff competition claiming prizes for Best Messaging.

Throughout the process our  inspirational Mash it Up! mentors, chosen from the frontier of sustainable fashion, have provided advice and shared new skills – including sculptor Grace Lillian Lee and designer Paul Castro in 2019. Artist Angela Van Boxtel and swimsuit designer Pirra Griffiths, were both mentors in 2018 and 2019, with Pirra Griffiths now a permanent member of the Mash It Up! Management Committee.

Paul and Grace were blown out by the talent they saw in 2019 and loved every minute of it.

After the success of their transformational collections, Nepean CAPA banned plastic straws and coffee cup lids, and installed more recycling bins. Teachers, parents and students have become enthusiastic recyclers with textile donations pouring in for the new collection this year. 

This is the whole point of Mash It Up! The medium really is the message. We can’t wait to shake up the fashion industry with the showcase of our student’s trashion couture collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2020. 

Why not enroll your school to compete in the third year of our Trashion Competition at the Youth Eco Summit, in September 2020?  



What Do We Provide To Schools?

  • DVD of the original multi-award winning documentary film – WASTE NOT
  • A timeline for the projects culminating in participation at Youth Eco Summit in early September at Sydney Olympic Park with panels of sports, fashion and food industry luminaries giving feedback in breakout sessions. https://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/Education/Events/Youth-Eco-Summit-Secondary-Schools
  • Study guides with activities, research ideas, links and a film screening list
  • Workshops for How to Fashion Trashion from paper, plastic and food waste, electronic waste, pre-loved textiles, with artists such as Angela van Boxtel, swim wear designer Pirra Griffiths, set designer Imogen Ross, activist Marina Debris, avant garde hair stylist Shaun McGrath etc
  • One Storytelling Workshop for Documenting their Project using phones, stills and video cameras and social media
  • Access to our mentors and brand allies
  • Collaboration with a professional documentary film tea