The Sonoma Community Center today announced that its long-standing Trashion Fashion Week will return to its original month of April, with events kicking off on April 3rd, and wrapping on April 10th with the popular Trashion Fashion Show. The fashion show will return to its home at the Sonoma Community Center’s Andrews Hall, where it first premiered in 2011, and will feature the renowned head-to-toe outfits created out of trash and recycled materials.  This year’s virtual viewers will have opportunities to type in questions for designers to answer in real time along with the chance to vote for their favorite outfit.

In addition, Trashion Fashion Week will host a myriad of programs and events including a free online “Road 2 the Runway” behind-the-scenes sneak peek of this year’s designers.  Viewers can catch the YouTube premiere of Trashion participants and their journey from inspiration to creation Friday, April 9th, 

“I’ve always wanted to celebrate but demystify the creative process that these designers experience,” said Eric Jackson, Creative Programs Manager for Sonoma Community Center. “So many people think, ‘I could never do that,’ but we hope our week of programming helps inspire our community to see that creative upcycling is simply changing your perspective on how you may see an item.”

Additionally, the Center will virtually host opportunities for the public to create alongside 3 Artists who work directly with trash or unconventional materials.

Scheduled to join the evening of Tuesday, April 6th is Marie Kneemeyer, Public Education Manager for Recology Sonoma Marin. Viewers of last year’s Virtual Runway Show will recognize New York City’s Recycle Fashion Icon, Debra Rapoport, who will be Wednesday’s virtual Instructor.  And Costume Designer and conceptual multi-medium artist, Machine Dazzle will lead the final Artist Talk and Demo scheduled Thursday, April 8th. All three recycled Artists are scheduled to be this year’s Trashion Runway Judges as well.

The popular Barbie gallery exhibit will also make its return with dolls donated by Recology and saved from landfills.  The exhibit showcases the upcycling and transformation of the dolls using only other cast-off materials. New for this year is the theme: Heroes (real or fiction) and the chance for a designer to win a cash prize based on the votes of viewers.  BARBIE: Heroes & Reinvented” will be an online Gallery Exhibit and Silent Auction that will premiere with a Youtube Gallery Opening Show, Saturday, April 3rd.  The exhibit will run through Saturday, April 10th with all bidding ending alongside Trashion Week at 8:00pm.

To purchase tickets to the live broadcast Runway Show, for more information on the week’s events and to register, visit TrashionFashionSonoma.org or call the Sonoma Community Center (707) 938-4626 x1.   

All proceeds from the week of Trashion fundraising go towards the Center’s arts and educational programs. 

The Trashion Fashion Show is sponsored and partnered by County of Sonoma – Board of Supervisors, Eco Terreno Wine & Vineyards, Norby Anderson, Ann Bauer, Recology, Whole Foods, Marta Cruz, Republic of Thrift, Bon Marche, The Church Mouse, and Plain Jane’s Consignment.

For media inquiries please contact Eric Jackson at [email protected]