Hi, “Look” family!
How was everyone’s week? Looking lovely, enjoying the surreal and problematic-but-beautiful weather? Strange, sunny times. But let’s not get too caught in the Dali-esque dreamscape we call reality. I have a fun fashion event to promote.
The Sonoma Community Center is hosting their 12th Annual Trashion Fashion Show, to be held on April 2, coincidentally my birthday. The Trashion Fashion show is an opportunity to showcase any creative skills we might have, active or dormant, and to create wearable artwork.
I spoke with the Community Center’s Creative Programs Manager Eric Jackson, who adopted the show in 2018, and is described by his colleagues as the mastermind behind Trashion Fashion’s epic energy. Jackson came from Broadway—swoon—and is thrilled to bring his skills and experience in art and theater to the show.
“It’s about creative sustainability,” Jackson said. “The whole angle of the Center is arts and culture, and this is our way of giving back, especially during April—Earth month—in a creative way. Taking what we normally think of as trash and giving it a new life and new purpose helps us reconsider our quick decisions to throw something away. And in addition to the wild and playful trash fashion, we also have a Ready-to-Wear category, honoring outfits built from items from a thrift store or the back of a closet. It’s our way of combating fast fashion and fiber waste. It’s fun, and it makes a difference.”
Better news still, this year the Community Center is hosting open studios for those interested in entering the Trashion Fashion Show but unsure of where to start, short on materials or in need of an uninterrupted creative space. Feb. 19 and 26, and March 5 and 12—all Saturdays—from 1pm to 3pm, register to spend time in Studio 201 and access their great tools, a focused space and some fellow Trashion designers. These sessions could be the thing that takes your designs to the next level!
The Trashion Fashion Show is a competition and in-person runway show and is accepting entries through March 1. Friday, April 1 will be a rehearsal with a runway coach for all submissions accepted—come prepared to strut! All ages are welcome and encouraged to submit.
For more information on the event as well as rules and entry forms, visit trashionfashionsonoma.org or www.sonomacommunitycenter.org.
Looking good, everyone!