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  • Photo courtesy of: Keep Bulloch Beautiful

Alexandra McCray

One student’s trash will be another student’s treasure during this year’s Junk2Funk Fashion Show in the Russell Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. tonight.

The event was put together with combined efforts from Keep Bulloch Beautiful (KBB), Fashion Menagerie and the Student Alliance for a Green Earth.

At least 10 designers ranging from students and professors to Statesboro residents will be showcasing their fashionable creations, made out of 100 percent recyclable material.

“The designers come up with their concept, then they submit it and if there are materials that Keep Bulloch Beautiful can provide, they will. Like there was one designer that needed trash bags, so Keep Bulloch Beautiful went into their warehouse and were able to give her a large amount of trash bags to use,” Mohria Harris, Fashion Menagerie vice president, said.

All were welcome to submit a design to showcase in the Junk2Funk Fashion Show, since it was open to the public, but designers had to find their own models to wear their creations down the runway.

“I’m modeling my own, design. I couldn’t find anybody else so I decided to show myself, especially since I couldn’t find anyone who had as much time as myself,” Shay Williams, senior psychology major, said.

DeJa’Vu Consignment store is sponsoring the event, and is providing three gift cards as prizes. There will be three judges who decide on the winners, including Kelly Collins who works for KBB.

“At the moment, there are going to be three judges, but people should definitely come out because there is going to be a surprise guest judge,” Harris said.

The fashion show started as a part of KBB’s America Recycles Day Celebrations. Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day; a day created to raise awareness about recycling and highlight the recycling that takes place around America annually.

The purpose of the fashion show is to challenge creative minds to create ready-to-wear clothes with the materials around them and repurpose them.

“I wanted to enter the show to put my creative ideas to the test, but not only that, but to encourage more non-fashion majors to come out there and come up with creative ideas themselves and not feel intimidated to be fashion majors, who are the majority of who enter the contest,” Williams said.

Harris said, “I know most designers are thinking outside the box, so guests can expect very avant-garde designs this year.”