This past weekend that I took my latest sewing project, the paillette dress for the Trash Fusion show in Barrie (as seen here, here, etc) to be judged. I also got my brother, Jake, to take some photos. Thanks so much Jake for the hospitality and the great photos! My family was all there, including my Oma and Opa, and I am so glad that they were.
All of the entries were so lovingly crafted. There were a lot of talented designers in the tent (it was raining), all with very different takes on the contest brief. You can click any of the photos in this post to see them a bit bigger. I especially liked the coffee-filter dress (second from left, above), I thought that this designer showed a great use of “trash”. Some of the designers were teenagers, most were fashion students, and all of them exhibited a tremendous level of work.
Here is a little video of the final procession.
The winner was the big showboat float white dress made of (apparently unused?) paper towel. Second prize went to the colourful doily mini-dress made out of shoelaces (with a jaunty matching beret) and third went to a previous winner of Trash Fusion Milton, a truly incredible post-apocalyptic tribal dress made out of busted inner tubes and scrap wire.
I’m not going to lie – I get competitive and I would have loved to get a prize, and I am very proud of my dress and I still think it was the best one. I think it looks incredible on the body and in movement from far away, and close up viewers are delighted to see all the printed ephemera, consumer brands and logos, it is almost Warholian. I received a lot of positive feedback, and the best was from my 2 year old niece who said my dress was “gorgeous” – so priceless.
You can see the winning entries for yourself from all three Trash Fusion events at The Rage in Kensington from June 15 to July 15.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed and supported this little project, and thanks to Jane Haselgrove for all her hard work putting the Trash Fusion contest together.