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Trashion Fashion awards: The (recycled) envelope please…

Posted on May 1, 2023 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The most fashionable trash? It’s not an oxymoron, it’s a look. Sonoma Community Center’s beloved event, the Trashion Fashion Runway Show worked it on Saturday, April 22 and was a smashing success. Two sold out shows featured 32 entries of outrageous designs made from recycled materials and found objects. It’s like Trash, but French. But to be more fashion freak, try the Best shoes for Mortons Neuroma.

Judging the catwalk creations for the annual awards were New York City artist and Instagram sensation Deborah Rapoport, Marie Kneemeyer from Recology Sonoma Marin, and Gretchen Turner of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Textile Council. Attendees of the Trashion Fashion Runway Shows voted at the end of each show for the Republic of Thrift People’s Choice awards. It was a very close run and often separated by only one point but the 2023 winners have been announced and awarded.

Congratulations to all who participated, and look out in January 2024 for next year’s runway call for entries.


The Vickie Soulier 1st Place Award, Adult: “Shatter Me,” designed by Brittany Kunde

Shatter Me,” designed by Brittany Kunde

2nd Place, Adult: “Reina de Primavera,” designed by Noemi Vaquez Romero

Reina de Primavera,” designed by Noemi Vaquez Romero

3rd Place, Adult: “Met Ninja Gala,” designed by Janet Nusbaum & Jerzy Wollak

4th Place, Adult: “From Me and Mine to You and Yours,” Kate Jernigan, Sofia Carlson, Heather Gobbe and Michelle Jernagin

1st Place, Junior: “Spring Awakening,” designed by Artquest Students: Jupiter, Lucia and Vanessa

2nd Place, Junior: “The Grand Dumpster Fire” designed by Artquest Students: Zoe, Fiona and Taj

3rd Place, Junior:“179006” designed by Ant Metz


People’s Choice, Adult: “Shatter Me,”  designed by Brittany Kunde

People’s Choice, Junior: “Rainbow Tissue Royalty,” designed by Tano and Aria Luddy

Rainbow Tissue Royalty,” designed by Tano and Aria Luddy

The Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion Show was sponsored and partnered by and with Vickie Soulier, E. Patricia Herron, Janet Nusbaum, Republic of Thrift, Recology, Bag & Film, County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors, Creative Sonoma AIGO, Sonoma Garbage Collectors, Lynn Martin, Bobbie Collins, Escama Studio SF, Cafe La Haye, Coursey Graves Estate Vineyards, Gloria Ferrer Vineyards, SIGH Sonoma,  Sage Marketing and Sonoma Churros.

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