Forget Project Runway. Tim Gunn has nothing on Margaret Hatcher who Saturday orchestrated another spectacular display of junk chic with the fourth annual Trashion Fashion show, in which stunning couture was created from coffee bags, hand-strung book pages, vinyl records, bottle caps, bubble wrap, returned homework assignments, tin cans, bullet casings, discarded 16-mm film from a martial arts movie, metal wine barrel hoops, canning jar lids, playing cards, Girl Scout cookie boxes, Mylar party balloons, caution tape and Solo cups, and every kind of recycled plastic bag.
Presented by the Sonoma Community Center with a wonderful sense of the absurd, the show featured trendless designers who conjured an amazing mix of materials into fashions some women might actually want to wear.
Mistresses of Ceremonies were Jean Arnold Sessions and Cynthia Tarr, who kept the fashions flowing with creative use of Ilene Briggin’s clever copy. Cat Austin was the runway coach, while Gabrielle von Stephens, Jessica Horsey and the ubiquitous Popo did hair and make up.
The Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building was transformed into a haute runway by Lucy Hamlyn, Charlotte Harrison, Marci Waldron and Robyn Muscardini.
The genuine judges who rated the results were Julie Weston, Charlotte Kruk, Jean Cacicedo-Leach, Shelly Littlewood and Melissa Spooner.
Everyone was a winner, but among the junior designers, awards of merit went to creators of the Day at the Care Ensemble and Day at the Cafe Dress; Cookie Journey, by Leslie Sanchez, Samantha Murrau and Madison Ellis, and Once Upon a Time, by Alendra Garber, Aria Schuler, Catherine Flaherty, Jane Coneybeer and Madison O’Brien.
Second place adult designers were Susan Poer’s wearable Visitors Guide and Sally Romer’s Broken Record.
The grand prize went to Stasea Dohoney for her individually, hand-strung Book Garland Dress.
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