The City of Orlando, no stranger to displays of its local artists, now wants to combine its passion for recycling with its passion for art in its fourth annual Trash 2 Trends fundraiser.

The project offers local fashion designers and artists the opportunity to take things they’d normally throw away and make art or clothing out of them. The projects will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges in five categories: Top Design, Avante Garde, Most Ready to Wear, Best Use of Materials and Audience Choice.

As in years past, the project is part of the Keep Orlando Beautiful initiative, and aims to keep Orlando a sustainable city, preserving its resources for generations to come.

The criteria for the projects are as follows:

“Be wildly creative. Make wearable fashion from discarded items. Stretch your thinking about how fashion can be more sustainable.

Materials must be “trash” items headed to the landfill or recycling facility, but think outside the bin and repurpose items that have little use. Go big!

Binding techniques such as sewing, glue, tape and wire are allowed.

Materials can be written on, printed on, painted on, dyed, manipulated, etc.

Zippers, buttons, fasteners are permitted.

If your fashion includes accessories (bags, hats, belts, etc.) they must follow the guidelines as well.

Consider the “wearability” of your look when a model is wearing it and walking down a runway.”

Applications to participate in the project are due Nov. 4, 2016. The designers selected will be notified by Nov. 9, and the Trash 2 Trends Fashion Fundraiser will take place Feb. 4, 2017.

To apply, visit the website here. Those with questions can contact Keep Orlando Beautiful coordinator Jody Buyas at 407-246-2752 or by email at

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