Outrageous fashions created by dozens of local designers using everything from discarded phonograph records, drinking straws, bottle caps, old homework, movie film, books and bullet casings, will take to the catwalk at Sonoma Community Center’s fourth annual Trashion Fashion show.

This year’s event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W.

“Each year, the designers out do themselves. We are thrilled to have so many young students participating. I can’t wait to see what they do this year,” said Margaret Hatcher, the community center’s special program manager and organizer of the event.

The Trashion Show is inspired by SCC’s commitment to promoting sustainable living.

It is a fashion philosophy that combines environmentalism with innovation. It springs from a desire to make the best use of limited resources by making traditional and avant-garde clothing or objects from recycled materials or cast off junk.

Designers participating in this year’s Trashion show include Alexa Wood, Joni Derickson, Susan Gibbons, Josette Brose-Eichar, Natasha Drengson, Janet Nusbaum, Jeanine Briggs, Julie Calhoun, Stacea Dohoney, Marcy Waldron, Sallie Romer, Charissa Drengsen, Courtney Bristow, Alejandra Cervantes, Bonnie Brown, Carol Davis, Susan Sulc and Elise Cheval.

Designers in the junior category include, Kaylin Riebli, Sofia Neff, Ava Ehnes, Hannah Rose McNeely, Nell Sheridan, Wendy Brayton’s art students from Presentation School, members of Girls Scout Troops #10240 and #10141, and the Mentoring Alliance.

The Trashion Show is sponsored by My Girlfriend’s Closet, the Republic of Thrift and The Sonoma Index Tribune with generous support from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.

Tickets to the Trashion show are $45. They are available through SVBO.org or by calling 938-4626, ext. 1. All proceeds support SCC arts education programs.

The Sonoma Community Center is located at 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Sonoma Community Center exists to enrich the lives of the people of Sonoma Valley by fostering a broad range of cultural, educational, and community services, and by the preservation of its historic building.


 ‘Trashion’ exhibit opens 

In conjunction with the fourth annual Trashion Fashion runway show, the Sonoma Community Center will display outstanding works of “fashionable trash” in Gallery 212 from March 7 through April 25. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.

The exhibit is comprised of some of the best examples from last year’s trashion show including fashions contructed from a variety of discarded materials including coffee bags and filters, building materials, rubber innertubes, table cloths, champages cork cages and packing materials, all the work of Courtney Bristow, Joni Derickson, Susan Gibbons, Lucy Hamlyn, Emily Marks, Hannah Rose McNeely, Janet Nusbaum, Hallie Stava, Robert Stickley and Alexa Wood.

Gallery 212, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is located upstairs in room 212 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

For more information, visit the website at sonomacommunitycenter.org,  or call 938-4626, ext. 1.