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Two new Sonoma exhibits showcase beauty from unconventional sources

18 Mar 2013 11:52 AM
Two new Sonoma exhibits showcase beauty from unconventional sources

The old saying that "one man's trash is another man's treasure" is being applied to the fashion world in an exciting new show at the Sonoma Community Center. In an effort to combine haute fashion and environmentalism, a group of the region's most talented designers have been collecting discarded materials and turning them into unique outfits and accessories. 

Like the materials themselves, the upcoming show is not new. March marks the commencement of the third annual Trashion Fashion season, and award-winning designs from the two previous seasons will be on display throughout March and April. Running the gamut from lowbrow to highbrow, these designs include gowns, bags, jewelry and shirts made with everything from discarded Venetian blinds to empty shotgun shells. 

Although many of the designers also work with traditional materials, a great number of them have found that working with cast-off items allows them to more fully unleash their creativity and embrace a different side of fashion.

"I love designing whimsical, fanciful things so this was right up my alley," Mikaela Holmes, one of last year's participants, told Sonoma News. "I like working with weird material so I thought it would be fun." 

As the new Trashion Fashion season kicks off, guests will be able to visit the Sonoma Community Center and explore some of the highlights from last year's shows, which includes some of Holmes' pieces - made with elements such as LED lights and chicken wire. 

The upcoming Trashion show isn't the only way for owners of Wine Country real estate to get a new perspective on how jettisoned materials can be turned into something beautiful. Serendipitously, the exhibit coincides with another exhibit showcasing art made from recycled materials. The ARTS Guild's Repo Show, which runs at the Arts Guild of Sonoma through March 23, features eco-friendly art made from natural and discarded elements.