Clever Col­le­giate girls turn heads with trash cou­ture

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Gil­lian McAinsh mcain­shg@ti­soblack­star.co.za

Nel­son Man­dela Bay teenagers up­turned the trash can to cre­ate a rain­bow of dresses us­ing only plas­tic pack­ets and old news­pa­pers in a fash­ion show with a dif­fer­ence on Fri­day.

The grade 9 class of Col­le­giate Girls’ High School was asked to make a wear­able gar­ment us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als with dif­fer­ent tex­tures, colours and more than one type of ma­te­rial as part of their tech­nol­ogy sub­ject.

Pan­el­lists from The Her­ald and Week­end Post, Al­goa FM and SPAR Eastern Cape chose five win­ners plus an over­all win­ner, mod­elled by Jaimie Miller, 15.

Jaimie and five friends de- vised a “Break­fast Ball­gown” to show how an av­er­age day starts with waste, with a skirt made of card­board ce­real boxes, a top em­bel­lished with Ne­spresso cof­fee pods, fin­ished off with braided bracelets made from plas­tic pack­ets.

Bella Lud­ski and her friends took an old Christ­mas tree to make her flap­per-style dress with fairy lights, topped by a re­cy­cled Christ­mas wreath head­piece, while Siya Nd­abeni’s group hap­pily tore through dozens of choco­lates and or­anges to get her cute cock­tail dress made from news­pa­pers, colour­ful choc wrap­pers and an or­ange bag.

Plas­tic straws are now an en­vi­ron­men­tal no-no, so Mivuyo Mpepo’s group ac­ces­sorised her black plas­tic bag mini-dress with a colour­ful belt made from the of­fend­ing items.

Amy Breet­zke’s group decked her out in an up­cy­cled um­brella and trans­formed an old plas­tic table­cloth into a jacket, but her hand­made shoes of poly­styrene pack­ag­ing, wine corks and plas­tic grass were what re­ally caught the judges’ eyes.

Lena Liu’s team also re­pur­posed plas­tic to make an on-trend trans­par­ent jacket worn over a white sheath dress sewn with sparkling CD shards and Mo­nop­oly money.

Other wild and colour­ful cre­ations in­cluded Hal­loween cob­webs spun from glue, news­pa­per rosettes, a mini-dress made from empty chip pack­ets and much more.

SPAR Eastern Cape pur­chas- ing manager Alan Sta­ple­ton said the re­tail chain had al­ready sold three mil­lion fewer plas­tic pack­ets this year, and more than half a mil­lion pa­per bags, as part of its com­mit­ment to re­cy­cling.

The Her­ald is ask­ing read­ers to drop old news­pa­pers off at se­lected SPAR stores. For each 10kg of news­pa­pers re­cy­cled, R1 will be do­nated to­wards The Her­ald Christ­mas Cheer Fund, which helps give de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents a mer­rier fes­tive sea­son.

De­spite their green ef­forts, how­ever, as plas­tic is such a per­va­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tant, the girls will still have plenty of ma­te­rial for fu­ture fash­ion shows.

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Pho­to­graph: WERNER HILLS

AB­SO­LUTE RUB­BISH: Over­all win­ner Jaime Miller, cen­tre, with Siyo Nd­abeni, left, and Amy Breet­zke, all 15, model out­fits made from old news­pa­pers, plas­tic and other waste at Col­le­giate Girls’ High School on Fri­day

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