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Carolina Life | Recycled fashion hits runway

Seventeen-year-old MaGill Thomas, above left, and 19-year-old Jessika Harlin, both of Columbia are dressed in their recycled runway outfits for the Columbia Design League sponsored Runaway Runway Event. MaGill was the model for Studio 2LR, an architect firm in Columbia. The girls were waiting for results following the fashion show of trash at the Columbia Museum of Art on Thursday, April 17.
Seventeen-year-old MaGill Thomas, above left, and 19-year-old Jessika Harlin, both of Columbia are dressed in their recycled runway outfits for the Columbia Design League sponsored Runaway Runway Event. MaGill was the model for Studio 2LR, an architect firm in Columbia. The girls were waiting for results following the fashion show of trash at the Columbia Museum of Art on Thursday, April 17.

It’s an organic process.

Beginning with bubble wrap and shredded paper, employees of Studio 2LR were creating a fashion masterpiece from recyclable materials.

Architects by day and fashion designers by lunch hour, the employees were stapling, stuffing and weaving the garbage to compete in this year’s Runaway Runway Fashion Show, sponsored by the Columbia Design League.

“It’s a fashion show where all of the materials are recycled,” said Design League board member Rhett Anders. “All of the designers are local talent.”

Seventeen-year-old Magill Thomas, above left, and 19-year-old Jessika Harlin, both of Columbia and dressed in their recycled runway outfits, wait for the results following the fashion show.

With 74 entrants, the competition was stiff. However, one of the competitors hopes the message will outweigh the need to win.

“The runway and other events can create the cultural awareness needed to make an impact on the environment,” said Abbey Ehman, an intern at Columbia’s Studio 2LR.

The green side of the event is what prompted Ehman to think about tablecloth shirts and bottle-cap purses.

Ehman says becoming more aware of recycling through events such as Runaway Runway, held April 17 at the Columbia Museum of Art, can help make the world a cleaner, safer place.

— Lindsay Semple,

lsemple@thestate.com

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