Revelstoke’s annual Trashion Show moves online for 2020

This year’s event focuses on connecting community in the midst of COVID-19. Entry deadline is April 26.

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Abril Silano models a hat featuring roses made from recycled cardboard during the 2019 Trashion Show. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

Revelstoke’s incredibly popular Trashion Show is taking place online this year. Started by Birch & Lace Salon owner Sara Sansom five years ago, the annual event is both a showcase of local creative talent and a fundraiser for the North Columbia Environmental Society.

Sara Sansom of Birch & Lace Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The event typically includes an outdoor trashion (fashion) show where models showcase outfits crafted completely from recycling, garbage and other waste. This year is a little different though. With the world facing new challenges in the midst of COVID-19, Sansom made the decision to move the event online.

File photo: Trashion Show models line up for the group shot in front of Mount Begbie. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

“I was inspired to push Trashion online to keep the community engaged, spark creativity and keep some kind of normal in the worlds of those who look forward to this fundraiser,” said Sansom.

In addition to outfits made of recycling and garbage, participants in this year’s Trashion Show can also enter sculptures, objects or art created out of waste.

Model Clara Kenyon stands with the designer of her dress, Sabine Tomm. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

How can you submit your entry for the Trashion Show Virtual Fundraiser 2020?

Submit your entry by emailing a photo of your creation to birchandlacesalon@gmail.com by April 26 at 2 p.m. Entries will be posted online for everyone to see. There is no judging or prizes this year. You can also visit the Trashion Show Virtual Fundraiser 2020 Facebook page here.

“This is all about getting creative and uplifting our community,” said Sansom. “Coming together while we stay apart.”

The Trashion Show is the largest fundraiser for the North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES), but Sansom said her main goal in hosting the Trashion Show online this year is to keep the community connected. In order to ensure there are no barriers to participating, the usual entry fee is being waived. Those who are able to make a financial contribution to the NCES are asked to do so. (You can make a donation by visiting the NCES website here. Donations of $50 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.)