Since 2006, the Agency has sponsored this community-based project to raise awareness about being resourceful rather than wasteful. Just because we can throw something away, doesn't mean that we should. Individuals of any age and gender, working alone or in small groups are welcome to participate. The project goal is to create an outfit with three accessories using found materials or items that you already have - not to buy supplies.
This year, 40 one-of-a-kind artistic designs will grace the catwalk – all made from materials destined for the landfill or recycling cart to include: used table clothes; sheets; bicycle tires; number bibs from races; Halloween costumes; dryer sheets; bulletin board boarders; shopping bags; news/wrapping/tissue papers; wine bottle nets; blanket; curtains and more. As an extra element, each outfit will represent a cause in which the designer would like to raise awareness politically, medically or environmentally.
This project encompasses students and residents from the following SWANCC communities: Barrington, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Skokie and Winnetka, as well as design students from Fremd, Niles North & West High Schools – that encompass many SWANCC communities.The fashion show will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 in conjunction with the Nationally-observed America Recycles Day at the Marriott Chicago Northwest in Hoffman Estates (4800 Hoffman Boulevard). There is no cost to attend the event. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
"This once-a-year-show gives individuals of any age a reason to celebrate reuse by creating a high-quality, one-of-a-kind work of wearable art, which is a testament to being resourceful and respectful by utilizing existing resources,” states Mary Allen, SWANCC Recycling and Education Director.
Photos and Videos from Past Shows
To view a show, see the videos to the right.