Students strutted their stuff at Centertainment Production’s Upcycle Fashion Show, sporting a dress made from recycled Shopko bags and old beer boxes.
Held in the Encore on Oct. 8, the event allowed students to enter original, recreated apparel into the show. The upcycle theme meant clothing shown on the stage was a mix of recycled, thrifted and unconventional ensembles.
Taylor Quandt, junior communication major, was one of the clothing designers for the event. She said she enjoys recreating vintage clothing into contemporary outfits.
“I think I most enjoyed going to the thrift stores and looking for stuff that had potential to be in the show,” Quandt said.
Two of her thrifted designs were modeled on the runway, and she said she was happy with the audience’s response to them.
Julia Ludwiczak, music major and center stage coordinator for Centertainment, hosted the event. She began the show walking the catwalk in a dress made of recycled newspaper, designed by Allison Kelley, communication major.
“It was our first time doing the event, but I feel we got a lot of really cool stuff. I hope it only gets bigger from here,” Ludwiczak said.
Ludwiczak said the event is a fresh, new way to display artistry from students on campus. Her position with Centertainment is all about promoting and supporting local artists at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Lily Lee, two-dimensional art major, modeled a dress made of chicken wire and covered entirely in a rainbow of ribbons. The ensemble included a teal ribbon wig for her hair. Lee said she hopes the event inspires students and shows how creative and resourceful they can be with fashion.
“They do not need to go out to a high-end store and buy something expensive. They can just make it themselves,” Lee said.