Students from The U School High School in Philadelphia strutted their fashions made from recycled materials on Fox 29's Good Day Philadelphia morning show March 9 to promote their school "Trashion Show."
The show was the culmination of the (Re)New You Fashion Lab, a collaboration between Moore College of Art & Design and students at The U School High School. Inspired by RAIR -- a Philadelphia-based art organization that builds awareness about sustainability issues -- students at The U School were challenged to create unique fashion designs using only reused and recycled materials. The students worked alongside Moore's Fashion Department to create their designs. This collaboration was made possible by the Picasso Project, an organization that creates advocacy for arts funding in Pennsylvania through small project grants to art teachers. The project was administrated by TheGalleries at Moore, which is featuring the RAIR organization through an exhibition that closes March 11.
The excited students got a behind-the-scenes look at the Fox 29 studios. Six students twirled in dresses made from paper, industrial foil and discarded curtains as Fox 29 anchor Alex Holley talked with them about their inspiration for their designs. Several other students cheered them on from behind the cameras as their teacher, Maggie Stephan, was interviewed by Alex.
"The whole experience has been extremely exciting," Stephan said afterward. "They really learned the concept of looking at an ordinary material and transforming it into something new."
Most of the materials used for the designs were sourced from the RAIR organization, which operates out of a waste treatment and recycling center called Revolution Recovery in Tacony.
The U School students and Moore students will show off their designs together during a professional photo shoot later this month.