The MIT Trashion Show, started in 2011 and originally produced by the Next House “Next Sustain” student group, is annual event that “aims to foster sustainable awareness in Boston” through high-fashion student design pieces made from unconventional materials. Now, the Trashion Show is produced by the MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability. Judges selected from across campus, and even Boston, critiqued designs on originality, recyclability, and appearance. Winners of the show have the opportunity to display their work at the Shops at Prudential Center.
This year’s show, held in Lobdell at the Stratton Student Center, included designs that were comprised of unique materials from autumn leaves and trash bags to parts of an old robot built for a class project. In addition to incredible designs, the show had student performances by Roadkill Buffet, Resonance, and Manic Kites. Guest lecturers from industry, nonprofits, and academia also came to speak about and promote sustainability on campus and in the workplace.
This year’s winners included:
1st place: Virginia White
2nd place: Coral Bays-Muchmore, Grace Assaye, and Alyssa Napier
3rd place: Li Wang
Most Avant Garde: Samantha Russman
Most Creative Materials: Alissa Borshchenko
Best Craftsmanship: Annie Zhang
Best Presentation: Stacy Mo
Judge’s Choice: Alexandra Con Bjerg
The Trashion Show is continuously growing each year with expectations of spreading more sustainable awareness around campus and the city. Application to be a designer for the show opens in early November for both MIT and non-MIT community members.