University at Albany

Trashion Fashion Show

Campus Center Ballroom
Tuesday, April 10 2018

Do you have what it takes to be UAlbany’s next great designer?  Can you work with unconventional materials? 

UAlbany is hosting our 5th annual Trashion Fashion show, where you create an ensemble made from reclaimed and recyclable materials. You can submit a design for one of the five categories: individual,  student organization, Greek organization, LLC, quad, or campus office. 

Dress description submissions are due TBD.  Submit the form here at MyInvolvement under the organization "Green Scene." See last year's designs in this album!

Official Guidelines:

Challenge: Create a wearable work of art using recyclable or reusable materials.

1. Fashions must be made from at least 50% recyclable or reclaimed materials.  A reclaimed material is a reused material that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled.
2. Contestants must provide their own model.
3. Judging will be based on overall creativity, construction, wearable quality, presentation on the runway, and attention to environmental sustainability.
4. All entrants must attend the dress rehearsal on TBD.
5. All dresses must be submitted with an environmental factoid.  Example: “Mary’s dress is made from 70% newspaper. If everybody in America recycled their newspapers….”

Ideas for recyclable or reclaimed materials:

  • Mixed paper products including books, cardboard, magazines, phone books, paint swatches, cardboard egg cartons, tissue paper from gifts, old maps, posters, and more!
  • Plastics including bottles, solo cups, vinyl records,
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic bags
  • Packaging material
  • Clean food containers
  • Scraps of textiles (Vintage or used clothing will not be accepted unless it has been significantly repurposed and redesigned into something substantially “new.”)
  • Mixed media including old CDs, cell phones, computer cords, etc.

Ideas for Finding Materials:

  • Collect recyclables
  • Visit the Salvation Army, Goodwill, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, etc. to see what you can find
  • Ask your local grocery or department store for shrink wrap or cardboard.
  • Ask friends to collect materials for you

Ways to Attach Materials

  • Machine or hand sewing
  • Hot glue gun (you can contact the office of environmental sustainability to borrow one)
  • Crazy glue
  • Duct tape
  • Staples
  • Weaving, braiding, or knitting the materials


  • The dress must be safe for the model to wear.
  • You can paint or dye materials to fit your color scheme.

Sources of Inspiration: