Fashion Show

Backstage2Trash Fashion & Costume Contest

The 2015 Trash Fashion Show will take place on Friday, November 20th starting at 7:00 pm (contestants must arrive at 4:30).

Start saving those bottle caps or old straws or ice cream spoons or toilet paper rolls and get creating! Register for the 2015 fashion show online here

Recycled fashions must be made of at least 75% recycled or reused   materials that otherwise would be thrown away or recycled. Vintage clothes & clothes made out of trash bags will not be accepted.  Complete outfits are recommended.  Only one prize per designer.  Due to the large number of participants the teen and child categories are only open to Santa Fe area youth.

Congratulations to the 2014 Trash Fashion Show winners.

  • Child Category
  • Honorable Mention – Recycled Statue of Liberty by Aviva Nathan
  • Third – Little Miss America by Irene Pierpont
  • Second – The Reusable Bag-terfly by Lydia Stenhoff
  • First – Armor of Flowers by Josette Gurule
  • Youth Category
  • Honorable Mention – Rough and Refined by Leila Pierpont
  • Third – Recycled Trash Fish by Willa Correia-Kuehn, Harper Correia-Kuehn and Yarrow Shultz
  • Second Place – Air and Water Dress by Liza Doyle
  • First Place – Winter Break by Lila Faust & Sadie Wiese
  • Teen Category
  • Honorable Mention – Too Many Beaches by Raina Wellman
  • Third – Off the Grid by Erin Porter Smith
  • Second – Free the Fruit by Piper Hees
  • First – A Dress to Die For by Ciara Brandi
  • Adult Category
  • Honorable Mention – Goddess of Gratitude by Holly Hughes
  • Third – Alumizon, the Recycled Warrior Princess by Katy Hees
  • Second – Bubble, Bubble, Blue by Donna Barnitz
  • First – Licensed to Frill by Sara Basehart
  • Individual Categories
  • Best Paper Outfit – Winter Break by Lila Faust & Sadie Wiese
  • Best Plastic Outfit – Goddess of Gratitude by Holly Hughes
  • Best Metal Outfit – Alumizon by Katy Hees
  • Most Wearable Outfit – Too Many Beaches by Raina Wellman

Trash Fashion & Costume Contest

Honorable Mention, 3rd, 2nd & 1st place awards will be given in the following Categories:

Adult (20 and older)          1st Place $250 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Teen (16-19 years old)      1st Place $150 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Youth (12-15 years old)    1st Place $100 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Child (9-11 years old)       1st Place  $50 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Young Child (8 and younger):   All Children receive an award and are not included in the judging portion of the show (5:00 arrival time).

Overall Categories: 1 award (non-cash) in any of the age groups given for each of the following:  Best Paper Outfit, Best Plastic Outfit, Best Aluminum Outfit

We will display the outfits from the Fashion Show on Saturday and Sunday so folks that missed the show can still see these amazing works of art.

Recycle Santa Fe’s Trash Fashion & Costume Contest has had many high fashion entries, to rival the likes shown in Paris and Milan runways, thanks to the efforts of many budding “Fashionistas.”  The wildly popular fashion show has never failed to surprise and entertain the crowd and is a great opening event for the festival. Come see extraordinary people transforming garbage to glamour and strutting their stuff down the catwalk. When your kids get tired of that trampoline, do what these folks do– turn it into a hot looking Goth evening gown!

Distinguished judges have a difficult time judging this event. This show has always been outrageous in the past and we are sure this year it will be a blast!

To purchase a DVD of the 2014 or 2013 Trash Fashion & Costume Contest, please contact Doreen Gallegos of Wildfire Productions at

2013 Contestants you can see and/or order your portrait photos by LuAnne DeMeo by visiting

Check out a video of the 2012 show here

Cash and Prizes are awarded to Adult, Teen, and Child categories.


third-place-teenRecycle Santa Fe Art Fashion Show will continue to grow as a favorite, inviting both young and old to bring out their most ingenious and trashy costumes and fashions to compete in a fashion show like no other in Santa Fe!

2009 Photos
2010 Photos

To see the 2013 winners and photos click here.

See More Fashion Show ImagesTrash Fashion 2010 - stage shot

If you are interested in participating in the Trash Fashion & Costume Contest click here.

See what one of the original trash fashion contestants and show coordinators, Nancy Judd, is up to now. Visit

Recycle Runway is a recycled fashion show touring the country that includes fashions from previous Recycle Santa Fe Fashion Shows,