FRANK Gallery in Downtown Chapel Hill is pleased to announce an upcoming fashion show: Rubbish 2 Runway II. This community show, running from September 9th to October 5th, 2014, will again feature dresses made entirely from recycled materials in order to spark a conversation about the benefits of reducing waste and reusing what can be salvaged creatively.

This year the exhibition will feature the dresses of over 20 participants, and these will be worn on the “runway” by selected models and judged by a panel of FRANK guest artists and designers. There will be cash prizes awarded to best in show, first, second, and third place winners. All dresses in the show will be the creations of student designers (high school through college-level) as well as professional artists. Following the fashion show, garments from all participants will be on view until October 5, 2014. FRANK member artist Mark Elliott says, in a statement regarding the importance of public donations, “Creating the garments will be labor-intensive, and we want to reward the work of the talented young artists who are submitting their creations.”

Through this show, FRANK Gallery hopes to introduce a new kind of eco-friendly fashion that stems from local talent, in-keeping with the Town of Chapel Hill’s continued efforts to “move toward becoming a sustainable community”. 

Last year's winners (top) and highlights from the fashion show (bottom)

To see images all from the 2013 fashion show on Flickr, click here.