Haute Trash 2015


The trash fashion show first debuted in 1983 that was entitled "The Cutting Edge of Fashion." Susan Lamela, or "Polly Ethylena," is said to be the founder of this fashion event. The trash fashion trend continued until the early 2000s. Susan Lamela passed away in June 2000 due to lung cancer. However, Susan and Prima Debris had begun to talk about firing up Haute Trash again before she passed away. In 2001, Prima went back to California, determined to start up Haute Trash again. She got as many past designers as she could and put on "Haute Trash Fall Fashions for 2002." Since then, Haute Trash has put on over 100 shows and continues to fascinate people. Haute Trash officially became a Non Profit 501(c)3 in 2006. They are currently developing educational programs and continue to perform at many events and venues.

Pictures from some of the first shows. Pictures from: http://www.hautetrash.org/about.html

 Haute Trash Fashion Show- Behind the Scenes

The Haute Trash Fashion Show took place at the University of Central Missouri on April 20, 2015. Many fashion students and people from the Haute Trash organization from California were hard at work setting up the stage and getting organized for this fashion event. Models were busy getting their hair and makeup done two hours before the show started. UCM fashion students did a variety of jobs that included making sure the models were all present, helping models put on their outfits, and other tasks. Several students were also behind the curtain during the show to make sure the models were lined up correctly and to direct them back to the dressing rooms when they were done on the runway.

2 UCM students getting ready for the show
Volunteers doing hair and makeup

Just some of the designs for this year's show

The models lined up backstage

List of the models and their outfits

Haute Trash Fashion Show 2015

The fashion show this year had 50 outfits that were presented on the runway this year. There were also about 30-40 models who showed up to model this year's designs. Local artists and UCM photography students provided artwork in the back of the ballroom for people to look at before and after the show. Overall, the show was a success; minus one model who walked off the side of the stage instead of where she was suppose to go! The Haute Trash Fashion Show continues to put people in awe and every year, the show gets better and better. So if you have trash laying around, see what outfit you can put together! The possibilities are endless!

Artwork depicting the "Gluttonous Society." Art by Melyssa Bradshaw
Description to go with the picture of the "Gluttonous Society."

One of the displays provided by a Holden High School Student
Back of the dress  by Holden student
Eagle artwork made completely out of trash

Dress made out of newspaper. Made by Reilley Francis
Dress made completely out of Magic cards

Backdrop for pictures for the fashion show created from recycled materials.

Blog by: Maria Bahner


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