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EcoFashion Show

EcoFashion Show

The EcoFashion Show showcases designs made by SCU community members from upcycled clothing or waste materials. This fun event is an opportunity to consider the environmental impact of the fashion industry and learn about sustainable solutions!

SCU students, alumni, staff, and faculty are invited to create pieces that are both fashionable and durable (can be worn again or recycled completely after the show). No money should be spent on this project, so designers can repurpose clothing items or, if needed, use materials that would otherwise go to the landfill.

During the show, a panel of speakers from the sustainable fashion industry will share their insights and answer questions. This allows attendees to explore their interests in a career in the industry and learn from leaders who have been there!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The EcoFashion Show was started in 2011 by Michelle Tang ('13) to educate about the impact of the fashion industry and promote more sustainable choices (reuse, upcycling, repurposing what we already have). The goal is to highlight creative reuse and the importance of mindful consumption.

Not at all! We're hosting Maker Night workshops throughout the Winter Quarter. At these optional sessions, participants can learn new techniques, bring materials, and get help with sketches or inspiration. No sewing or design experience is required! Designers are also welcome to start on their creations before these sessions.

Clothing from your own closet, unwanted fabric scraps, and thrifted or secondhand items are all possible sources! We have clothing donations from last year's Swap for Good available for use in Bergin Hall 200 that you can pick up anytime Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm.

You may also create outfits from fully recyclable materials (i.e. paper, plastic, metal, etc.), but we are discouraging this option because the goal is not to create disposable outfits but instead durable new styles that someone would want to wear again!

Of course! Feel free to contribute a design on your own, with a partner, or as part of a team. Let us know who you're working with when you fill out the interest form.

Yes! Fill out the interest form and let us know if this is your situation; we can help match you up.

Designers are welcome to model their own designs! However, we strongly recommend that you have one of the MCs or a friend introduce your design on your behalf before you walk out on the runway!

All designs must be completed by rehearsal day (Monday, March 4, 2024). Designers and models will meet at the Music Recital Hall and participate in a run-through from 8:00-10:00 pm. If you start early on your designs, you could come up with more than one fabulous piece!

Designer’s pieces will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Wearability based on the materials used
  • Craftsmanship and overall aesthetic
  • Storytelling: Sharing a sustainable motive or inspiration behind the piece

*Note: buying of new materials is NOT allowed in any piece; buying used materials from thrift/second-hand stores IS allowed

We will have five winning designs:

  • Versatility (highest score in wearability)
  • High-End Fashion (highest score  in craftsmanship)
  • Imaginative (highest score in storytelling)
  • Best in show (highest overall score)
  • Fan favorite

Due to limited dressing room space, we encourage prospective models to only model one outfit. Designers are limited to 5 "entries." An "entry" can comprise multiple pieces (and even multiple outfits) but will be judged as one cohesive unit. Designers will need a model for each outfit.

Designers may enter pieces they have already created under two conditions:

1) It has not been entered in a previous SCU EcoFashion Show, and

2) It was made entirely with upcycled/thrifted materials.

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EcoFashion Show in the News

Check out these great stories written about the EcoFashion Show!