Recycled fashion hits the runway

Recycled balloon dresses, plastic-bag skirts, newspaper vests and bottle-cap tops took to the runway last Friday at the fifth annual “Junk 2 Funk” Engineers Without Borders fashion show.

Hosted by EWB students Kiera McNelis and Mike Lerman, the event featured over 30 models ranging in age from four to 40 strutting their stuff while showing off the latest in recycled fashion.

Attendees of the show filled the ballrooms at the Best Western GranTree Inn to capacity while a live DJ gave the models something to groove to as they walked down the runway.

The recycled outfits, commonly designed by the models, were judged based on the use of recycled material, craftsmanship, general performance, poise and overall impression.

The event raised money to support EWB’s student-led work providing clean water and latrines to rural western Kenya and decreasing the rate of waterborne illness in the area.

In between different model performances, members of EWB gave presentations about their work in Kenya, sharing anecdotes as well as past successes and future plans for the program.

The judges of the fashion show were MSU Office of Sustainability Director Kristin Blackler, Honors Student Advisor Dr. Thomas Donovan, business student Ryan Bovy, chemical engineering Assistant Professor Paul Gannon and Gannon’s wife Cherlyn.