GEORGETOWN – “I grew up with the obligation of tikkun olam,” recalls Elizabeth Rose of Georgetown. “It defined my life.” Raised in Minneapolis by Orthodox parents who were “big machers” in their Jewish community, serving as presidents of their synagogue and its Sisterhood and raising funds for the Jewish Federation and the United Jewish Appeal, Rose felt destined to carry on the tradition of helping others. She even followed in her mother’s professional footsteps, becoming a social worker.
The silky couture dress, gently draped over the model’s body and sweeping into a lavish skirt printed with one elegant butterfly, floats down the runway, tasteful jewelry adding a sparkling note. The striking ensemble’s materials? A confection of plastic bags, a used tablecloth, discarded lab vials turned into earrings, and a cast-off zipper used as a necklace….
Rubbish to Runway made its first Canadian appearance in Edmonton in December 2016. Hosted at the Rocky Mountain Ice House, there was a silent auction and performances from dance group, Samba Edmonton; singer, Davy Damo; Bardic Form and a fashion show featuring the House of Homocidal. Heart and Dagger Tattoo and The Devil’s Beard Co, sold their amazing products, and donated their proceeds to Long Way Home. Watch clips from the evening.
Annabel Dryden, Rubbish to Runway designer extraordinaire, appeared on Boston's Channel 5 Chronicle just before Rubbish 2016. Watch her describe her design process at 2:40 seconds on this clip.
Watch the origin story of Long Way Home and meet founder Matt Paneitz in this video created by Robin Smith, an award-winning videographer. This video narrative of the inner workings of Long Way Home has informed and inspired many.
Find out what happens to CDs when they are placed in a microwave and see tamale skins created into a dress for the runway. Yessenia Morales, Houston's Rubbish to Runway director, is interviewed on Houston's KHOU channel 11 one week before the July 2016 show.
The first Rubbish to Runway Houston showcased over 23 unique runway fashions made from recycled, repurposed and revamped materials. Rubbish to Runway brings awareness to the issues of sustainability and waste, as well as promotes the artistic use of up cycled and recycled materials onto the runway.