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From garbage to gowns, sustainability on display at Fashion Outlets

Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 11:56:43-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Why not make a party dress out of party trash?

Artists are creating fashion out of waste or foraged items to highlight sustainability in a week-long celebration of Earth Day at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. There are dresses made from recycled K-Cups, garbage bags, plastic forks, paper plates and so much more! The pieces come from the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.

“We hope to inspire people to think about their power to reuse everyday items to keep our planet healthy and beautiful. Niagara Falls is one of the largest suppliers of green energy on the planet. Niagara’s protection of greenspaces was the inspiration for our National Park system. The designers featured in this exhibit work with our annual fall wearable art runway show to continue this legacy. The fashions they create are not typical apparel, but rather wearable art where artists can push the boundaries of design with unconventional materials, using everyday objects in a new way. We are excited to partner with the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA to highlight these designs for Earth Day,” said Kelly Lang Buckley of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.

When customers bring their old clothing to donate at the guest services counter, they'll receive a gift from the Fashion Outlets and a ticket to the next "2019 Wearable Art Runway Show." This is limited to the first 50 people. Clothing will be donated to Community Missions.

This display will be out until April 28th.