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Recycled fashion hits catwalk in Escondido

ESCONDIDO — Where do recycling, creativity and modeling meet? At the edgy Recycled Materials Runway Event Sept. 27 on the Moonlight Veranda of The Centre at Lexus Escondido and Vintana Wine & Dine, 1205 Auto Park Way,.

Tickets are available now at or call (760) 480-4101. Presented by the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery as their fundraiser, the eco-decadent runway event will run in conjunction with San Diego Fashion Week. It highlights artists and fashion designers from across the state working with recycled and repurposed materials.Doors open at 6 p.m. with trunk shows and VIP cabana service, courtesy of Vintana Wine & Dine. The Runway Show begins at 7:15 p.m. The event features artwork and fashion designs with a focus on student and emerging fashion designers.

“All garments and accessories are constructed, assembled and embellished using conventional and non-conventional elements including thrifted, reconditioned and trashed materials,” said Wendy Wilson, executive director of the Escondido Arts Partnership/Escondido Municipal Art Gallery. “This exciting evening includes many different kinds of visual art including film and installations all inspired by the re-using of objects otherwise destined for landfills.”

Award-winning recycled designers will be spotlighted, including members of the collective Haute Trash, Shaun Muscolo and Judith Nielsen. Muscolo and Nielsen, working under the name “Elvira Mental Werks” (a word play on “environmental works”), specialize in recycled materials knitwear. They manipulate previously used and discarded pop tops, corrugated cardboard, shredded paper, obsolete computer drive tape, bubble wrap and telephone wire into dresses, pants, multiple piece suits and even bikinis.

Bulldogge & Co., a totally repurposed leather company, will also participate with a runway show highlighting American made men’s clothing and accessories.

Proceeds from the Recycled Materials Runway Event support programming at the Escondido Municipal Gallery at 262 E. Grand Ave., a free community art space that provides arts education in schools and in the community.


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