Trash becomes fashion

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Top secret entries are starting to take shape in preparation for this year’s 2018 Trash Into Fashion Trashion Show.

Julie Morton, of Cromwell, is among those working behind closed doors to perfect her entries, which will feature in two categories this year.

She is no stranger to the event.

“I’ve entered every year, but one.

“I started in 2012 at the Golden Gate and it was there for two years and then we took it to Cromwell College where it’s been for three years now.”

The Trashion Show is a Cromwell Community Arts initiative, which attracts entries from as far away as Ranfurly, Wanaka, Roxburgh and Gibbston Valley.

“Anyone can enter from around the region,” Mrs Morton said.

The Trashion Show is a busy time of year for Mrs Morton, who not only enters, but is also on the Cromwell Community Arts committee.

One of the key attributes to her entries is her daughter Kylie Morton (28) who always provides inspiration and, on the night, models her mother’s finished garments.

Last year Mrs Morton’s creation called “Silver Tink”, crafted from silver wrapping from the inside of chip packets, won the “wow factor” award.

“It took a couple of months to create,” she said of the idea, which was inspired by Tinkerbell from Peter Pan

Hours of work came to life on the stage, Mrs Morton said.

“It’s amazing when you get it on the stage and the make-up is all done and the lighting.”

Crafting costumes for the show year after year was no chore for Mrs Morton, who loves the opportunity to be creative.

“I enjoy the creativity and imagination that goes into it and then seeing the costumes come alive on the night.”

Event co-ordinator and Cromwell Community Arts chairwoman Heather McPherson invites people to think about their entries for this year’s event.

Now is the time to get started, she says.

This year’s show will take place on October 12.

It will feature three categories: “too good to waste”, “anything goes” and “hat/mask”.

Entries, which are open to teams and groups, businesses and individuals, close on September 28.