Post COVID-19 Trashion

2020 was going to be the year we showcased our awesome trashion collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Carriageworks in Redfern. Like everyone else we had to pivot fast when our big plans were scuttled by Covid-19. So we sat down with our major partner the Sydney Olympic Park Authority to work our way around lockdown, isolation and other viral protocols. 

This year WASTE NOT Trashion goes viral – in the digital sense. Nepean CAPA’s Trashion Collection will be streamed live from the Department of Education website during the Youth Eco Summit, where it will remain available to schools for twelve months with accompanying study guides. 

We have also decided to focus our efforts by working exclusively with one school, Nepean CAPA High school, which has scooped up major prizes every year. Collaborating with Nepean’s Head of the Creative Arts faculty, Prudence Rowston,  and the extraordinary staff from textiles, design and technology across three months will produce a result we anticipate will take WASTE NOT Trashion to a whole new level. 

During the Youth Eco Summit in November 2020 WASTE NOT Trashion will present 4 sections:

Students present their story – why they decided on this year’s theme and what materials they used to create their collection. 

Short videos of the students’ Trashion collections will be screened – behind the scenes as well as the runway presentation.

The online judging panel will deliberate and give out the prizes via video conferencing.

A speed trashion event in the school grounds will see students compete to produce the most spectacular outfits within 15 minutes from a mass of collected trash. This will be either live to air or a pre-record.

We are particularly excited by the Speed Trashion event. It was a huge success last year and it will give the whole school a chance to participate even if everyone is wearing masks and social distancing. Students will have 10-15 minutes to create costumes from as much trash as they could find in the school that has been brought to a central outdoor location.