Sustainability in style

The annual Recycled Runway will be getting ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary on August 27 with an “Enchanted Forest” theme.

The initiative raises funds for while highlighting the issue of textile waste as one of the major contributors to landfill and encouraging sustainability and creativity.

Event organiser Trudy Anne-Doyle said she had now sold out of contestant bags, with 18 un-modelled bags and 67 runway bags sold.

Contestants create their outfits from the bags, which contain garments that will likely not sell in the op shop and Ms Doyle tried to incorporate the theme into the bags where possible.

“We sold a lot of bags to new people, of the 67 there’s probably 20 familiar names,” Ms Doyle said.

“There’s an awful lot of new players, so that’s going to be great fun.”

Contestants can choose to make an outfit within the theme or create something different altogether.

Categories include Novice, for those with less than two years sewing experience, Experienced, for former winners, former judges and current dressmakers and Open, for all adults other than experienced or novices.

There is also an Un-modelled category for those wanting to design and create non-fashion items which will be displayed and judged by the public and a Battle of the Schools trophy.

Ms Doyle said they had received lots of interest from Penola High School who have come on board this year along with Grant High School, St Martins Lutheran College and Tenison Woods College.

There will be plenty of themed food on the evening with four main courses and two desserts, with ghost mushroom meringues amongst some of the tasty treats on the menu.

“I think the enchanted forest theme is going to be really great,” Ms Doyle said.

“It’s a feel-good fun night and contest.”

Ms Doyle said Recycled Runway founder Kristi Brooks would be the emcee for the evening and the event had received great support from She’s Apples and SE Marquees.

Visit the Recycled Runway Facebook page for further details.

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