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Fashion Group International hosts annual recyclable fashion show

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English: Recycle logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The end of the world could come in many shapes and sizes; all the ice caps could melt, zombies could walk the Earth or major countries could instigate a nuclear holocaust. The most important question however is this: what will you be wearing?

Saturday in Lory Student Center Main Ballroom at 7 p.m., the CSU chapter of Fashion Group International is hosting “The Last Runway: What Will You Wear When There’s Nothing Left?”, a recycled and non-recycled fashion show.


Payton Gifford, the promotion officer of FGI and sophomore apparel merchandising major believes in the theme “even though there is turmoil you can turn it around to be something good.”

The clothes might be recycled, but the ideas are not. According to Gifford, the purpose of the show is to promote responsible and recyclable fashion that uses more than just the regular types of fabric. Trash bags, recycled spoons and aluminum cans are among the wide variety of odd materials used.

Sarah Esparaza, FGI president and sophomore apparel and merchandising major, stresses that the show is an opportunity for all students in the fashion department to showcase their work.

This year, the show will incorporate the largest number of designs in the history of the fashion show. Eighty five designs will be showcased, and they won’t only come from fashion design and production majors.

The money that is being fundraised will go to the next fashion show that FGI creates.

“Thankfully the fashion show always brings in a large revenue. We are able to go about our normal org duties on that revenue, and we also do a few fundraising activities throughout the year,” Esparaza said.

Esparaza showcased a personal creation last year, her first time creating clothes.

“It gives all of those merchandising students an opportunity to make something that they wouldn’t necessarily have made before,” Esparaza said.

Local junkyards also got to join in on the apocalyptic celebration.


“They’re helping our stage and decor because we want the rubble to bring forth coming out of the junk and everything that we’re emphasizing what the end of the world would be like,” Gifford said.

The event has gained presence in the community with 10 local businesses, including GG Boutique, Hu Hut, The Cupboard and others, donating gift cards and acting as sponsors.

Along with helping plan the show, which began in September, Gifford is modeling in the show. Being a model in the show requires a lot of time, according to Gifford.

“It’s not about you, it’s about what you’re promoting,” Gifford said. “Take yourself out of it and be something that will help them with what they’re trying to say.”

Janae Phillips, junior apparel design and production major, will be showcasing four outfits in the show, each one in a different category.

The categories include garments created out of recycled materials, the 48 hour challenge in which designers had 48 hours to create an outfit on the theme of “militia”, an oversized recycled general entry and the general normal entry that doesn’t require recycled materials.

“It was really fun putting the outfits together,” Phillips said. “Half of the time I was being a smart alec behind the designs, but I was trying to make it fashionable but still utilitarian.”

Phillips used materials like old blind covers, an old 1950s wool blanket and old military fatigues.

To create these garments, Phillips set aside a weekend dedicated to creation and sewing.

“I’ve been sewing my whole life,” Phillips said. “The way I got into fashion design was that I used to model and act, I would wear my own clothes, it was hard to find clothes that fit.”

Being the second year that Phillips has entered the fashion show, she holds recyclable fashion close.

“It makes one of a kind clothing and it makes you think to make you figure out how to make one thing into another,” Phillips said. “I really love that challenge.”

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