UA Sustainability Presents


December 2nd, 2016


(Doors open 7pm)


Lobdell (W20 2nd floor)

84 Massachusetts Ave


Tickets $5 with MIT ID

$7 General Admission in Lobby 10 or online

Tickets $10 at the door


John Fernandez

Sam Magee

Nicole Teriverdian

and More!

Refreshments Provided

Raffles for prizes

About the MIT Trashion Show

The MIT Trashion Show is a fashion show that celebrates creative fashion design and promotes waste reduction and sustainability. Student designers from MIT and other Boston area schools create pieces made of trash and recycled materials, which are then modeled on our runway. Trashion was founded in 2011, is an annual event run by the MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability.

Come watch our show and find out how trashy can be classy.

Check Out The Trashion Show 2015 Promo Video!


Learn more about the designs featured in this year's spectacular show.


Khanh Nguyen

Garbage bags represent the collection of trash. Because trash accumulates within them, they are the meta-symbols of societal waste. Raccolta, which means collection in Italian, seeks to inspect ways garbage bags can be recycled into something new. Inspired by leather, the outfit comprises imitation leather pants with suspenders and a ruffled crop top. As a challenge to minimize further waste, only four garbage bags were used in the design process: mistakes that were made were incorporated into the design as part of the idea that nothing should be thrown away if it can be salvaged in some form.

Sustainable Extravagance

Samantha Russman

I wanted my design to prove that sustainability is achievable even for the most extravagant. Inspired by the “Period Piece” style popular on high-fashion runways in Spring 2016, I designed a piece incorporating the elements of Rococo, a period characterized by frivolity and overindulgence. I used vintage, Eastern European sheers and curtains for the outer layers (reality: I brought my Grandmother’s old sheers back after visiting her in Poland), dated large white dress shirts as the base I sewed the sheers onto (reality: again, second hand – this time from my Dad), packaging fruit net, and paper designated for recycling (old psets) for bows and other details.


Connie Truong+Madeline Hughes+Natalie Catalan

How many (paper) plates of turkey did you have for Thanksgiving? We had too many. We should've taken caution (tape).


Annie Hughes

This design was inspired by porcupines, and is made from straws, trash bags, emergency blankets, and an old dress

Paper Waste

Elizabeth DeTienne

"Poster presentations" are an awesome way for the scientific community to exhibit research and discoveries, but unfortunately they are also a source of wastefulness. This design points out paper as a big area of waste, and highlights the reusability of unexpected materials in fashion and elsewhere. The paper dress material is something that starts inflexible but somehow beautifully fits the model it is built for. Symbolically, this is similar to our global and national waste output. Even if our current waste problem seems rigid and insurmountable, with effort, it too can be made into something beautiful and fitting for our society.

Standing Robin

Ronja Pereira Haase+Stefania Druga+Alexandra Rieger

Our design is a tribute to the Standing Rock-DAPL crisis where our Native American brothers and sisters stand alongside others, to protect our water. The red pattern and winged design is inspired by Native folklore of the sun rising upon a robin’s wing. Similarly, we created this dress in hopes of inspiring a sustainable tomorrow. We used rain-irrigated, burlap material, traditionally grown during crop-rotation. In burlap production, every part of the jute plants are used, allowing for low waste. This material uses only ¼ of the cotton industry’s water and is entirely compostable. The pigment on the dress is non-toxic and water-based. Our vision for this project is to create an elegant, wearable dress that can embody environmental awareness.

Title TBD

Patrick Shin+Cynthia Gu

Description Coming Soon

This is CS50

Cynthia Gu

a pair of dresses made from posters salvaged from the Harvard’s 2015 computer science fair and modelled by sisters. Using clear tape and fishing wire for their transparent nature and flexibility, THIS IS CS50 forces the viewer to take a second look to understand the optical illusion and fluidity that the structure creates. Inspired by the the curling of thin paper after tension, the common structural bases of both skirts are cut outs of spiral shapes from a plane of posters. The modifications made to each base produces vastly different structures, but the common materials and buoyant movement of the poster paper creates one cohesive piece.

Bain of My Existence

Cynthia Gu

Made from abandoned Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs flyers, Bain of My Existence presents a visual representation of the role of finance/consulting on college campuses. The vertical transition from frivolously ripped flyers at the expanded hem of the skirt, to the sharp, skintight and clean cut edges of the bodice parallels the increased influence of these industries on the career paths of undecided students turned wolves-of-wall-street. The layers of paper held together by adhesive and tape is reinforced by wire to create the shape of the skirt; the bodice consists of slimmer pieces of paper that have been flat-ironed and heated to match the shape of the model’s body.


Manolya Altan

My design is primarily made of brown paper bags and leaves. I wanted to capture the colors of fall and use materials I see in everyday life.

Egg-stravagant Egg-ucation

Leandra Zimmermann

Made out of 110 eggshells, feathers, tape and chicken wire the dress is supposed to draw attention to both the enormous amount of food that we waste and to the terrible conditions factory-farmed chicken live in. Hens lay about 300 eggs a year in very small cages, so that we can produce and consume 1.75 Million eggs per second.The inspiration for the design came through the simple fascination for eggs, which are both fragile and stable, have a simple, beautiful form, contain proteins, minerals and vitamins – miracles of nature which are produced in only 24 hours and which can create life.

Paper Ma-chic

Elahe Ahmadi+Alenta Demissew+Steven Speck+Raveen Nzilani

Imported from the finest benches of the infinite, newspapers comprise our chic top which provides breathable and sustainable fashion. The form fitting pants, made of garbage bags, as well as the accents provide not only a look that will make everyone's heads turn, but also sustainability that will leave lasting impressions on others but not on the earth.

T-shirt and Jeans

Madhurima Das

The idea behind this piece was to take a standard outfit and turn it into something remarkable. Working with only t-shirts and jeans, I challenged myself to create the entire piece only through weaving, braiding, and knotting as opposed to sewing or using adhesives. In this way, I turned the basic materials into a fashionable piece instead of the “dressed down” outfit they’re usually a part of.

Angles de Décadence

Madhurima Das+Michael Holachek

The future of the avant garde. A bold and sustainable outfit is born from plastic trash bags, electrical tape, and duct tape. Angular cutouts of the black chest piece contrast with red triangular motifs of the dress to make a seductive geometric statement. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.


Susan Mullen+Ryan Gillis +Laura Bergemann+Marcela Gillis

Our dress is made entirely out of network cables. While we used only one material, we were able to incorporate a variety of textures and patterns by weaving, braiding, and exposing the inner wires. This dress showcases the versatility of cables, which connect us to the world via the internet! We were able to borrow cables destined for disposal and will recycle every part after the show. While e-waste accounts for only 2% of landfills, it represents 70% of toxic waste. We hope that this design brings attention to the important need to recycle e-waste despite the difficulties.

Driving Forward, Looking Back

Alissandra Hillis

My design is inspired by my childhood. Growing up, my siblings and I bonded by playing soccer in the yard or driving our toy cars around the house. To commemorate those times, I created this design. The skirt is made out of plastic soccer cones – the ones we used to weave soccer balls in and out of in the yard. The top is made out of matchbox cars (that we used to play with), some colorful wiring and laces, and a car sun visor that lets me “reflect” on these memories of my childhood.

From Paper to Paperless

Tara Lee+Andreea Martin

Representing the transition from paper to paperless, half of the dress is constructed from recycled magazine pages from the MIT Technology Review, with the other half becoming a body of recycled CDs. The paper skirt circles the CD core of the dress — the frills of paper are mere decorations to the "technological" center.

Little Bo Sleep

Yanisa Techagumthorn

Mattresses are both heavy and bulky, taking up too much space in landfills, even though technically more than 90% of the components can be recycled. I designed this piece completely out of mattress parts (springs, foam, and polyester liners) to get people to think about the impact their household products may have on the environment. The hoop skirt symbolizes the systematic structure that must be changed if we are to solve our waste problems, and the Victorian style of the outfit signals how a sustainable solution is long overdue.

The Warrior

Bettina Arkhurst

inspired by the the hard work students put into classes at MIT and their continuous resilience. It is primarily made from recycled paper, old clothing and used plastic bags.

Water Within Wood

Virginia White

My design is in two parts: The coat is made almost exclusively from newspaper and cardboard and it is supposed to evoke leaves and wood. Paper is a fun medium that can be simultaneously delicate and strong, and because it can decompose paper is a greener alternative to plastic. However papermaking uses a lot of water, something most people don't think about. The dress underneath references this hidden environmental cost and is made from plastic water bottles and bottle labels. I tried to make a design that left almost no environmental impact so all of materials are repurposed, hand-cut, and can be recycled.


Helen Abadiotakis

Bringing basic back with Starbuck’s finest coffee. Made with Sumatra coffee bags, used shower loofahs, and fallen leaves. Inspired by the comforts of the fall season.


Lisbeth Acevedo

inspired by an essay I wrote for my one of my classes this year. We were exploring clothing as technology and I wrote about a piece of armor, an ancient breast plate. In my essay I explored the idea of the breastplate being used in modern high fashion design and runway shows. Glamazon is made out of single face and single wall corrugated cardboard.

The Forgotten Mermaid

Priyanka Chatterjee

This piece seeks to convey the imminent, merciless destruction of our coral reefs -- a vital biodiverse habitat that not only contains the most living species per square foot, but is also the primary barrier to tropical storm destruction and the beginning of our food chains.The dress is sewn from a shower curtain, with the skirt overlaid with dyed coffee filters and a bodice featuring the Pantone colors of the year -- rose quartz and serenity blue --- via draping from an old bed sheet and sea glass accents. The headpiece is constructed from scrap water tubes, white styrofoam cups, dried seaweed, clownfish toys, and netting from the casing of a Thanksgiving turkey.

Thing Left Behind

Kristen Wu

The use of paper for hygiene purposes originated in China in the 6th century AD, and modern commercial toilet paper only came about in the 19th century. Global toilet paper production consumes 27000 trees daily, and the average American uses 50 pounds of tissue paper a year, leaving ecological footprint concerns. After using up all the toilet paper, cardboard cylinders left behind. These toilet paper rolls are usually discarded. If lucky, they are recycled. Here I reuse the leftovers of the toilet paper rolls I have collected over a year and half to create something beautiful and wearable.

T H E   T E A M

Special thanks to the Trashion Show committee

Trashion Co-Chairs: Emma De Soto & Mingshi Yang

Trashion Members: Addie Oh, Kedi Hu, Anya Quenon, Claire Lee
Meghan Reisenauer, Milani Chatterji-Len, Sabrina Hernandez, Vanessa Wong

UA Sustainability Co-Chairs: Kathy Camenzind & Yanisa Techagumthorn


Special thanks to Trashion Show 2016 sponsors

MIT Large Event Fund, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, Basil Tree, Whole Foods, Artist & Craftsman, Hubway, Pinkberry