"Recycled Couture: A Green Fashion Show"

03/07/2010 12:00 AM

In a stunning display of creativity and imagination, Dunham students and friends produced fashions and accessories made entirely from recycled materials for "Recycled Couture: A Green Fashion Show," held March 4 at the Reilly Theatre on the LSU campus. The event raised close to $4,000 for two international relief organizations and raised community awareness about the importance of recycling.

Explore the Recyled Couture photo gallery (Photos by Mark Wilson '10)

The fashion show was the brainchild of Dunham senior Collyn Cooper and friends who wanted to create a fashion show with pieces were all made from recycled materials. Models showed creations made from every imaginable material - garbage bags, CD's, pages from newspapers, magazines and phonebooks, chemistry notes, Christmas wrap and bows, and even ballons.  Fashions were created and modeled by students from Dunham and St. Joseph's Academy.

Fashion accessories designed by Dunham senior Olivia Pontiff were on sale during the event.  "Recycled Couture" also featured a live auction including pieces modeled in the show.

Students wanted to raise community awareness of the importance of recycling while at the same time raising funds for two international non-profit organizations.

The Manna Project International serves communities living in abject poverty in Ecuador and Nicaragua, many of whom make their homes in large garbage dumps. 

The Spirit of Youth Association for Environmental Services has developed a recycling school to help those people living in garbage dumps outside of Cairo, Egypt.

Dunham alumni Max Zoghbi '06 shared insights from his experience at Cairo's Garbage City last summer.

The event was covered by LSU's The Daily Reveille with stories in both their print and web editions.

Recycled Couture: Reveille Multimedia

Green Fashion Show To Benefit Impoverished Countries:Reveille print story