The dresses caught everyone by surprise.
On the deck of the pool, during the cocktail party at Parent Weekend, senior Shelly Xu and junior Nakita Moler modeled the latest fashion creations by OVS art students. But there was a twist.
Shelly wore an elegant, flowing bridal gown made of white plastic bags, while Nakita wore a cocktail dress crafted from old newspapers.
The dresses took center stage at the school’s first Trash Fashion Show and were created to show the importance of recycling and environmental awareness.
The wedding dress was designed by senior Sophia Wu and the newspaper dress was the work of sophomore Ally Feiss.
The plastic wedding dress consisted of three main parts – a veil, a body dress and a long “web” train, which were all sewed all by hand.
The newspaper dress created an organized effect of layers, which according to Ally, was also the most difficult part.
“You have to do three layers, and then fit them all together on the same length,” Ally explained.
Inspired by the annual trash fashion show at Lopez island, off the coast of Seattle, art teacher Mandy Beverly introduced the idea of trash fashion to her art students at the beginning of the school year.
“I am passionate about anything to do with the environment and helping it,” Mrs.Beverly said. “And I thought it would be really fun to apply this tradition to our school, especially the art department.”
Even though the project took students a long time to finish, they learned a lot from the artistic and environmental experience.
“Trash fashion does not mean that everything will look trashy,” Sophia said. “With those really simple materials, we can still make very nice pieces.”
The beautiful pieces on display at Parent Weekend captured everyone’s attention. The designers introduced their work and shared their stories with faculty members and students.
“I think this is absolutely amazing,” one parent said. “I can’t believe that [the students] can design such a beautiful dress from plastic bags. I am overwhelmed.”
The experience was also exciting and helpful for both students, especially for Ally, who is planning to pursue a career in fashion design.
It was also also a satisfying experience for Mrs. Beverly, who is always looking for opportunities to expand the students’ interest in fashion and raise environmental awareness.
I’m really excited,” Mrs. Beverly said. “It’s great to see more and more students involved in fashion and costume design.”
Photos courtesy of senior Weiwei WangShare