Waste worn in style at annual ‘Trashion’ event

A duo of male models look anything but trashy in their second-hand outfits.

Kari Bolen– Omega Contributer

This year’s TRU Eco Trashion Show wasn’t the first, but it was certainly one of the best.
The show was held in the Campus Activity Center on Nov. 24 and was a part of the Sustainability Week events at TRU.
“We just wanted to make it bigger and better this time around,” said Rebecca Purdy, a member of the TRU Eco Club and one of the event’s coordinators.
“I was really happy with the turnout. I didn’t think it would be as packed at it was.”
Members of the TRU Eco Club wanted to show students at TRU that you can dress sustainably and still look good.
Models wore both second-hand and recycled clothing. Shoes, dresses, suits, outerwear and more were borrowed from Value Village for the event.
Designer Kate Imakeuwana, a former TRU student, made the recycled outfits.
Purdy said that she thinks it’s really important that we all work harder to consume less, especially when it comes to our clothing.
“That’s why second hand and recycled clothes are so great,” she said.
“We wanted to show the TRU community that they can still be fashionable and have fun with fashion when using clothes from Value Village or other second-hand thrift stores.
“I hope that [the show will] inspire people to think more about the clothes they buy and maybe change their practices.”
Kate’s creations are available at the Hemp Hut and at the Art We Are, which are both located in downtown Kamloops.
She also does custom work by demand and can be contacted at 250-320-5283.