Fresno City College students turn trash into eye catching treasures

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's a dress fit for the red carpet. The high low style with ruffles and a gold ombre effect help this creation pop at Fresno City College (FCC). But if you take a closer look, you'll discover more than just art.

"It's fully constructed from plastic bags," said DeAndre Clark, FCC student.

Clark designed the dress called "plastic elegance" -- made out of plastic bags. The fashion merchandising student was tasked with creating a design from everyday trash. "It was exciting. It was a new way for me to express my creativity and create something I like doing."

Several other designs are also on display at the Fresno City College Library.

Merchandising instructor Pamela Hutton says sustainability is a trend in the fashion world. "Sustainability is very big in fashion right now. With all the fast fashion, we're turning through textiles pretty quickly and what happens is those go to landfills if they're not donated to a thrift store or reused or re-purposed."

Designer David Robley used re-purposing as his passion to create this fashion forward piece that glitters. "We actually blended CDs in a blender. We killed the blender, but it was worth it. We think we created a really beautiful pattern."

The top was made out of Starbucks coffee bags and the skirt out denim, cut and dyed and was finished with flowers made out of plastic bottles.

Students say they've learned a lot through this hands on experience from start to finish. "We just really liked the black detailing on the garment. We were just overall shocked with the way it turned out," said Yazmine Enriquez , FCC student

Fashion that's pushing the envelope, one piece of trash at a time. null
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