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‘Recycled Fashion Show’ part of this year’s Mississippi Earthtones Festival


ALTON — Artists and designers are welcome to submit their work for a Recycled Fashion Show to be presented at the 10th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival on Saturday, Sept 17.

The show encourages artists to turning waste into fashionable garments.

“Stretch your imagination and think big,” says coordinator Lillian Bates of By Design School of Fashion in Alton. “In researching this trend in the eco-fashion world, we have seen stunning garments made from materials such as used newsprint, aluminum cans, plastic, decks of cards, VCR tape, candy wrappers, packaging, wire and more.”

Participants may submit a maximum of three outfits or articles of clothing. At least 50 percent of the garment must be made of recycled, reused, or waste materials that would’ve otherwise ended up at a recycling facility or a landfill. Artists are asked to make an effort to upcycle the remaining 50 percent of materials instead of purchasing new items.

The term “recycling” means to turn waste into a reusable product or to refurbish a product for reuse. “Upcycling,” a particular form of recycling, involves turning waste material or an unwanted product into a better-quality product.

Prizes will be given in a “13 and under” category, as well as three adult categories: Fantasy/Costume, Functional, and Most Imaginative Use of Materials. Awards will be determined by a panel of jurors, and announced from the main stage at the Mississippi Earthtones Festival. To register, fill out the registration form found on the Events page of

Artists must register by Sept. 3 and be able to arrive at the show by 11:30 to prepare and be briefed on the logistics of the runway show, which starts at 12:30. Artists must provide their own models.

This new feature of the festival is being curated by the By Design School of Fashion, located at 136 Front St. in Downtown Alton. For more information, contact Lillian Bates at or (618) 433-1400.

The Mississippi Earthtones Festival, co-organized by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, is a celebration of the rivers through art, music and conservation. The 10th annual event promises to attract thousands of people to Broadway, where the street will be closed to traffic, between Henry and Alton Streets, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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