Dryer sheets, potato chip bags, plastic hangers and fishing line don’t often appear on the catwalk but college students and professors are piecing together unexpected materials and recycling them for a fashion show.

Students from South Florida colleges including Florida Atlantic University, Broward College, Barry University and Miami Dade College will display their designs at “Recycled Runway,” a fashion show using only recycled materials.

“Recycled Runway began as a Florida Atlantic University’s History of Graphic Design course,” said Stephanie Cunningham, professor of graphic design at FAU. “Forty students were tasked to source recycled materials to create wearable garments that reflect notable historical styles, objects or designers. Design students enrolled in area higher education institutions were also invited to participate.”

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at FAU’s MetroLAB, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

“Today, these students work in the classroom, but tomorrow they will be the primary creators of 21st-century communication,” Cunningham said. “Recycled Runway emphasizes sustainability, community engagement and equity to alert design students to their civic responsibilities. In the process of creating these unique garments, students discovered that research depends on creativity, as well as patience and decision making.”

Email rrfabcollab@gmail.com to make reservations to attend.


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