A FASHION COMPETITION FEATURING DRESSES MADE ENTIRELY FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS (NO FABRIC).

MAY 10 - JUNE 5, 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Rubbish 2 Runway III! The dresses will be on view at FRANK through June 5th. Please stop by and take a closer look at these incredible creations by some of the finest young designers in our community.

2016 R2RIII PHOTOS

Congratulations to our winning designers & models!

 

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 About

Rubbish 2 Runway III features a fashion show event, and a month long exhibition of garments, all made by nearly 30 local high school and college students from recycled materials. Each participating student was asked to consider creative possibilities for re-purposing discarded materials while also thinking about sustainable design and creating something lasting and useful – and in this case, wearable. Each garment will be modeled on the runway in front of a panel of industry relevant judges for jurying and awarding of prizes. Each is judged on Innovation, Use of Materials, Wearability, and Creativity. In past years, the recycled garments have shown imagination and thoughtful craftsmanship in reusing everything from packing peanuts to bicycle tires, newspapers, playing cards, and road maps.

 Created by FRANK member artist Mark Elliott in 2013, Rubbish 2 Runway was created to be an outreach program in support of FRANK’s mission - to support the local art community. Drawing inspiration from fashion design competitions and a desire to encourage artists to “think outside the box,” R2R has proven to be among the Gallery’s most popular public events.  

For our third R2R event we partnered with Mercedes Benz of Durham, a collaboration that arose from our mutual environmentally conscious attitudes and deep commitment to the Triangle community. This partnership has allowed us to expand this program to nearly fifty student designers from all over the region, and has brought us together with many local businesses and organizations in many new ways.

 

History
The fashion event was first presented in 2013 and again in 2014; led by FRANK Member Artist Mark Elliott, it was devised to be an outreach program in support of FRANK’s mission to support the local art community. Drawing inspiration from fashion design competitions and a desire to encourage artists to “think outside the box,” R2R has proven to be among the Gallery’s most popular public events. It has attracted over 300 people each year for the fashion show, with guests spilling out into the sidewalk, and lining up down the street prior to entry. The exhibition itself drew in 3,600 people during its initial two month run in 2013, more than a third of visitor traffic for the year. In 2014 R2R-2 brought over 1500 visitors to the gallery during only a four week exhibition. In the first two years of presenting this project, we produced R2R thanks to a handful of small business sponsorships, the generosity of many volunteers (including the DJ, event planners, trophy makers, etc.), and donations raised during the event itself.

PHOTOS FROM PAST SHOWS:
2013 R2R
2014 R2RII

 

Special thanks to our
Rubbish 2 Runway III Sponsors!

Platinum SponsorS

GOLD SPONSORS


SILVER SPONSORS

 

Bronze SponsorS

Schools represented at R2RIII include:

Apex High School
Athens Drive High School
Carrboro High School
Cary High School
Central Carolina Community College
Chapel Hill High School
East Chapel Hill High School
East Wake High School
Holly Springs High school
Home School
Jordan-Matthews High School
Middle Creek
Perry Harrison
Riverside High School
Rolesville High School
niversity of Cincinnati

 

Participants can find your complete list of guidelines here.