The Glam Trash Fashion Show

A joy and passion for 'trashion'


It's trashy, but in a good way.

Started 17 years ago by local educator Nicole Kowalski and Jean Nichols of Art for the Heart, the Glam Trash Fashion Show is one of the iconic art/recycling awareness events of Taos. The show’s purpose has always been to demonstrate that there is value in reused material — with flare, of course. It's become a community event gifting onlookers with a once a year glimpse into the creativity found at the junction of recycling and art.

The aptly named Glam Trash Fashion Show came from humble beginnings with a half dozen or so unique ensembles taking to the cat walk down a short, gravel path by Stables Gallery. It has since grown by leaps and ... well ... bounds of recycled wow. A steady increase in participation and audience attendance moved the runway spectacle to the John Dunn Shops, then to Taos Plaza and back to John Dunn Shops. For the second year in a row now, it will be held on the bigger stage and larger viewing area that is Historic Taos Plaza.

The 15th fashion strut — it was not held two years — gets underway Saturday, Sept. 2 from 4-6 p.m. The free event begins with a noncompetitive children's show at 4 p.m., because "there are so many kids that want to be a part of it," said Sara Basehart, co-organizer and owner of Seconds Eco Store. That will be followed by the adult trashionistas, which are expected to be in the neighborhood of 30 participants. And for the second year, cash prizes with a grand prize of $250 will be awarded for all ages — "Which I have found really motivates people to go beyond," Baseheart said.

Besides attendance, the event is growing in another way. This time around, Baseheart said she is going to test the waters by having a couple of vendors on the Plaza offering the sale of recycled, handmade goods during the duration of the show.

Live music will be provided by the loosely organized, once-a-year band The Trashionistas.

Every year the show takes hundreds of hours to organize, and it's an unpaid volunteer job done out of a joy and passion for trashion.

"It's all in the name of fun. It's sure to be a real blast," Baseheart said.

More "trash" talkin'

In the vein of recycling, Melissa Larson's Arte de Descartes XVII ("art from discards") juried exhibit of art made from used and scrap material put on annually through her nonprofit Wholly Rags, is showing now through Sept. 9 at Stables Gallery in Taos.


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