Community Groups hit the catwalk for the 2013 Trash Fashion Show


CAP will host a showcase of up-cycled original outfits at the Trash Fashion Show in Kings Hall Complex on Saturday 9th March. This fashion show brings together the creative talent from different community groups across Northern Ireland.

If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, community groups have proven just that by producing a range of unique clothing culminating in their very own Fashion show this Saturday.

The fashion show and fashion design project are both part of Community Arts Partnership’s Trash Fashion, an eco-awareness programme which uses recycled materials as the basis for creating innovative clothing and accessories.

During a series of community-based workshops, participants of all ages and abilities across Northern Ireland got to work on transforming second-hand clothes and materials by using different techniques and learning new skills. Participants enthusiastically rose to the creative challenge and created original clothing, recycling an array of items.

On Saturday these talented aspiring designers are modelling their creations in a professionally staged fashion show to family, friends, fellow fashionistas and possibly a few paparazzi! in the Kings Hall Conference Centre at Balmoral. There should be a bit of theatrical appeal as the very talented Theatre and Special Effects Students from Belfast Metropolitan College will be applying their craft to the models’ hair and make-up. Local Cheer leaders, the South Belfast Eagles will also treat the audience to a performance in their inimitable style.

Heather Douglas, Trash Fashion Co-ordinator, commented:

The popularity of Trash Fashion never fails to amaze me and the groups really delivered on enthusiasm and talent this year. Many of the participants had never sewn before and have a new found interest in up-cycling. This fashion show celebrates the talents of our young people and raises awareness about using eco-friendly ways of creating fashionable garments.

Trash Fashion is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with additional support from Belfast City Council Tourism, Culture and Arts Unit and Lloyds TSB Foundations Northern Ireland. The Fashion Show is kindly sponsored by Kings Hall Complex.

The Trash Fashion show is free, family friendly and open to the public for any fashion lovers. Doors open 1.30pm and the show lasts approximately one hour.

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