Recycled Runway 8

During a sold out show on April 18th at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, young designers took to the runway to show off their “trashy” fashion designs, made entirely from found and recycled materials and compete in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Cat litter bags, used Nespresso coffee pods, empty soda cans, and a plastic tablecloth from a birthday party long-past. These are just a sampling of the many found and discarded materials that enterprising designers in 6th through 12th grades used to assemble unique fashions for Recycled Runway 8.

MC'd by author of Queen Bees and Wannabes (the book which was the basis for the movie Mean Girls) Rosalind Wiseman, young designers strutted down the runway to groovy tunes,  the cheers of an enthusiastic community, and  the amazement of three esteemded judges: 3D artist  and brand designer Chelsea Brady, Boulder-based contemporary expressionist painter and voiceover artist Alli Gerrish, and actor, speaker, spiritualist, and former member of the band Menudo, Ash Ruiz . After months of hard work and plenty of material and constructional challenges, the resulting designs were breathtaking.

Recycled Runway is a guided independent study workshop presented by The Common Threads Creative Lab in Boulder for middle and high school students. This event marked the 8th consecutive year that young designers presented their original garment designs comprised of found and recycled materials. All proceeds from the event went to Attention Homes, a Colorado-based charity that provides life-changing resources for youth in crisis

Founded in 2007 by Libby Alexander, Common Threads is a unique fashion marketplace where people come together to create, collect and consign.  The Creative Lab in Boulder offers a range of classes from sewing basics to summer camps for children to the wildly popular Recycled Runway, which is run by mentors Tanja Leonard and Rachel Lubanowski.  Libby teamed up with her sister Jennifer in 2011 to bring the concept to Old S. Pearl St. in Denver. Together the two stores provide an eclectic mix of designer favorites such as Prada and Isabel Marant as well as fashion forward basics from stores like Anthropologie and J Crew to offer the modern shopper affordable and sustainable fashion.

Recycled Runway 8 Winners:

Group 1: 6th & 7th grade

Grand Prize - Ara Davis

Runner up - Sydney Canova

Design - LIly Forester

Functionality - Margo Church

Construction - Claudia Holder

Innovation - Novella Spielman

Group 2: 8th-12th grade

Grand Prize - Olivia Beresford

Runner up - Presley Church

Design - Olivia Snyder

Functionality - Cloe Miller

Construction - Kate Zacharias

Innovation - Daisy Booker