Kristy Saunders, Arielle Jordan, Billie Riegel and Rebecca Osakwe at Bridge House/Grace House 7th annual Recycled Fashion Show in New Orleans, LA, on Feb. 21, 2016, Photo by Eliza Morse, for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Yoga mat as a skirt? Recycled Fashion Show turns everyday items into wearable art
on February 22, 2016 at 7:32 AM
While some people may see just a shower curtain, bean-bag chair or yoga mat, others recognize the potential to take the ordinary and make it into something unique. Thirty-three designers did just that for the seventh annual Bridge House/Grace House Recycled Fashion Show, presented by Entergy, Sunday (Feb. 21) at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
A coat became dress, skirt into dress, and a yoga mat molded as a skirt, while part of a bean-bag chair was converted into knapsack, sweaters reconstructed, and shower curtains revamped as both a cape and shirt. No corner of the Bridge House Thrift Shop was left untouched by designers Thayer Abigael, Sonya Adams and Sloan Duet, C. Blue Apffel, Vincent Avila, Dawn Bagala, Danielle Brumbaugh, Colleen Cure, Jaelynn Daigrepont, Jann Darsie, Kathryn Fisher, Callie Habrun, Erin Haindle, Darlene Hargreaves, Dena Hebert, Maureen Iverson, Laurie Jones, Gillian Knight and Lee White, Suzy Lake, Maureen Iverson, Carlisa Pridgen, Alisha Rockweiler, Arlene Rome, Shar Kiltz, Barbara Meehan, Jo Ann Minor, Tiffany Truxillo, Ann-Marie Turgeon, Lennie Unbehagen, Deja Weathers, Alana Wood, and Gabrielle Wood.
Their looks — designers could show two — were showcased by models varying ages, who strode down the red carpet runway accompanied by commentary from emcees Lauren “Fleurty Girl” LeBlanc and Andrew Ward. Other diversions at the event included a performance from the Rolling Elvi Jailhouse Rockers, and the Pussyfooters helped with the silent auction and raffle for a trip to Navarre Beach, Fla.
Proceeds benefit Bridge House/Grace House, which provides long-term residential, gender specific treatment to men and women who are dependent on alcohol or drugs.