Dig Baton Rouge

Fashion: From trash to treasure

Yesterday’s Trash, an individual take on fashion and the trend of thrifting, held its third annual fashion show on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Spanish Moon. This local fashion show evolved originally as an idea within a group of friends while out thrifting for themselves and has grown over the years.

With an admission fee of just $10, the show drew a nice sized crowd for the small venue. While the bar was not packed to the point where you couldn’t move (which, let’s admit it, no one enjoys) there was a crowd large enough to fill the room.

The crowd itself was a sight. Many people, who clearly have a love of fashion as well as a love for thrifting, waited to see if they can take some ideas to add to their own wardrobes. Many of them definitely walked away with some ideas after the fashion show thanks to the talents of the featured designers.

Besides the featured designers, the show also featured artists Marc Fresh and Spaz, who painted on both canvas and bodies as well as musical artists.

The event’s organizers handpicked local designers to give selected garments new life that were purchased from thrift stores around the Baton Rouge area including Time Warp, St. Vincent de Paul, American Thrift and Purple Cow. Once given their items, the designers were then tasked to revive the forgotten pieces from the past a la Project Runway and give them a new take on the style in today’s world.

One beautiful piece that no one would probably think of touching that was featured was an embellished teal top with shoulder pads reminiscent of clothing worn in the show Dynasty. The top was reimagined as a crop top with the remainder of the original embellishment hanging past the top’s hem. The top was paired with a simple pair of black shorts and heels turning it into an outfit you may see in the club today.

The next part of the night, starting after the first fashion show, was the display of two artists who painted two of the models for the rest of the night.

The models who were a part of the first fashion show came out onstage in just a bra and a pair of shorts and the two artists began to paint them. As the night went on, the body paint slowly became artwork and fashion of their own with one of the model’s top half of her body painted almost to look like a shirt with a screen print design on it.

While the artists went to work painting the models, local music artists, such as rapper Barin the Great, performed back to back giving the crowd a sneak peek at what was to come from their mixtapes.

Between acts, the DJ kept the crowd dancing through the night. Host Oriskany Vadamalez even jumped onstage and treated the crowd to some entertainment by showing off some of his dance moves. At one point, Vadamalez came onstage and did the “Dab,” a dance made popular by Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton.

Overall, the event seems to have been a great success. If the group continues this growing success, they may be forced to move their event to a larger venue in a couple of years.


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