Sustainability and green efforts will be brought to light on Georgia Southern University’s campus as the Student Alliance for a Green Earth shows students that green efforts can be enjoyable.
SAGE has teamed up with Keep Bulloch Beautiful and the GSU Fashion Department to host the annual Junk2Funk Fashion Show on Monday, Nov. 12. Junk2Funk is an all green fashion show that displays clothing made completely of recycled items.
“It’s so cool to see all the creativity people have and how they can incorporate all these repurposed pieces into their designs,” Anni Rainio, GSU senior and co-coordinator, said.
The top three fashion designs will win prizes that were donated from sponsors of the show. The sponsors include local businesses Déjà Vu, Chocolate Cheesecake, Madame Couture’s and Leigh Bee Jewelry and Accessories.
The fashion show is a part of America Recycles Day, which is a nationally recognized day to promote recycling that is always around Nov. 15. Statesboro’s America Recycles Day is a program of Keep Bulloch Beautiful.
“Here at Keep Bulloch Beautiful, we are always striving to educate the public about recycling options in Bulloch County. We want to demonstrate that recycling doesn’t have to be a chore but rather a fun and creative outlet,” Kelly Collingsworth, director of Keep Bulloch Beautiful, said.
Last summer, Collingsworth saw Nancy Judd’s Recycled Runway exhibit and wanted to bring something similar to Statesboro. Collingsworth met with Amy Scarborough and Marie Botkin of GSU’s Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design Department, and they put the plan into action.
“Prior to the event I had absolutely no experience with fashion shows. I was completely blown away by the ease and level of confidence that the GSU students who participated had throughout the whole process,” Collingsworth said.
The first fashion show had approximately 250 attendees and received 19 clothing design submissions from GSU students and faculty members alone. The faculty members of the fashion department also recruit designers for the show and serve as the judges.
“I thought it was very special to know that that many people were interested in an event that promoted repurposing and recycling in a fun way. I think that was the most memorable part, that and all the submissions. The outfits people came up with were out of this world,” Rainio said.
The upcoming Junk2Funk Fashion Show will be at 6 p.m. in the Russell Union ballroom.