Keep Pearland Beautiful held the inaugural Recycled Runway Fashion Show on Sunday, August 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Pearland Town Center Pavilion. A crowd of 80 people gathered to watch contestants model their outfits made from recycled and reused material. With dresses made from empty juice pouches, newspaper, bubble wrap and soda tabs, contestants pulled out all the stops to impress the panel of three judges.
The Recycled Runway Fashion Show Program was funded in part by the Youth Resource Library Grant Program funding received from Keep Texas Beautiful. Funding for this grant came from H-E-B and Central Market. A collaboration between KPB and the Dawson High School Fashion Club, the Recycled Runway Fashion Show Program started with the release of the rules and advertising for contestants starting in May 2015. Participants got points for attending monthly workshops, turning in a recycling factoid and received their final scores from judges the day of the runway fashion show.
KPB thanks the sponsors of this new program for their help: Dawson High School Fashion Club – Mrs. Dunham and Ms. Jourdan and their students; Stadia Sports Grill Pearland Town Center – Manager David Shetsky; Pearland Town Center; Courtyard Marriott; Luz de Luna Studios (located at 708 Telephone Rd, Suite A in Houston) – Adanary Jacques for sponsoring the photography and donation for the door prize; Stella Roberts Recycle Center; BJ’s Restaurant for donating gift cards; and StyleMe Resale – Regina Beam.
The three judges (Regina Beam- StyleMe Resale, Melissa Washington – Consultant for J. Hilburn, and Shawnte Thomas – Orange Theory Fitness) gave up their entire Sunday afternoon to interview the participants before the runway show and judge the runway portion of the fashion show. Kevin and D’Arcy Murphy did a great job as the emcees for the runway show.
KPB thanks Bianca Springer of “Thanks I Made Them, Sew Can You!” for her demonstration and sharing with the public how easy it is to sew before the fashion show.
The following individuals and groups won the first ever Recycled Runway Fashion Show awards:
– Best Overall Environmental Message: H-E-B Plus Pearland (Tonisha Whyte, Jeanette Stovall, Sonia Cordona, and Alicia Reddick)
– Individual Category 1st Place Most Creative Use of Material: Heather Petrey
– Individual Category 2nd Place Most Creative Use of Material: Tran Trinh
– Group Category 1st Place Most Creative Use of Material: Caroline, Liana and Kelly Miller
– Group Category 2nd Place Most Creative Use of Material: Lisa and Kimberly Bass
– Fan Favorite: H-E-B Plus Pearland (Tonisha Whyte, Jeanette Stovall, Sonia Cordona, and Alicia Reddick)
The participants had to do research about the materials they used to create their garments. Ivy Hathaway and Emily Anderson reported as their factoid that, “The average American throws away about 65 pounds of clothing per year, that is almost 6% of all municipal waste!” While Tonisha Whyte, Jeanette Stovall, Sonia Cordona, and Alicia Reddick from H-E-B Plus Pearland found out that, “Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year, about 680 pounds per person, but if every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save 25,000,000 trees a year.”
Lenora Tollefson, Keep Pearland Beautiful Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator said, “We had a great turnout for our first Recycled Runway Fashion Show! Our designers and models did an amazing job, I am so proud of them! I am thankful for our judges, all of our volunteers, our committee members and everyone who supported this new program. We are already planning for next years program, so keep an eye out for information about it!”
Keep Pearland Beautiful is a 501 © 3 not for profit organization that empowers Pearland citizens to take responsibility for their environment.
To find out more about the Recycled Runway Fashion Show Program and the other events and environmental initiatives of KPB please visit our website, www.mykpb.org.