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Blount Beautiful's Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show

MARYVILLE, TN -- Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is celebrating 20 years of serving Blount County through litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. To celebrate their success KBB is hosting a Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show and Celebration. The event will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend.

fashion showKBB is currently accepting fashion show applicants. The entry fee is $100 and the deadline is August 14, 2012. Applicants may seek sponsors or work in teams if preferred. $1,000 cash prize for Best in Show. The panel of judges consists of representatives from Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, local celebrities and fashion experts. Honorable Mention will be awarded to the designer or team of designers as chosen by a vote of audience favorite.

Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show's mission is to engage the community to create fashion out of trash in order to entertain, educate and inspire others to rethink, reuse and recycle. The show seeks to present society's trash in the form of a fashion show, and through this artful expression, we hope to change the way our community sees the world of trash and waste. Material used in the construction of garments must be post-consumer, post-industrial, or post-agricultural waste. Trash destined for the landfill or recyclable items is preferred.

Designers may use materials for construction such as glue, tape, dyes, marker, staples, thread, zippers, elastic, wire, Velcro boning, buckram, grommets, laces, starch, paint, etc. Recycled content fabric may only be used as a lining that doesn't show. The percentage of new material should not exceed 10% of total garment weight. Underwear that does not show is acceptable under the garment. Shoes and accessories are acceptable; however shoes and accessories made from trash materials are preferred.

Each garment should have a title, by-line, and a short description about the design that makes a statement. Social commentary, source of inspiration, and use of humor can be helpful in the telling of your story. You should include a mention of the trash materials used. This is a great way to promote the sponsor or business/organization presenting the garment.

For guidelines, entry form and waiver visit the Keep Blount Beautiful website at or call 681-4809.

Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Their mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.

Published August 10, 2012

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