• MIT students displayed sustainable fashion designs at the fifth MIT Trashion Show. Additional photos from the event appear in the slideshow below.

    MIT students displayed sustainable fashion designs at the fifth MIT Trashion Show. Additional photos from the event appear in the slideshow below.

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MIT brings a touch of trash to fashion

MIT students displayed sustainable fashion designs at the fifth MIT Trashion Show.

Student-run Trashion Show, returning for its fifth year, aims to foster awareness of sustainable materials.


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 BuffetResonance, 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

  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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  • 2015 MIT Trashion Show

    Photo: Wisima (Sam) Nipatnantaporn

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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.


Topics: Student life, Students, Sustainability, Recycling, Arts, Special events and guest speakers

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