Not the kind of fashions you expect on BI

People who live on Bainbridge Island have a dilemma when it comes to clothes.

Because of so much wealth, you might expect them only to wear the best — Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada or Versace.

But because of their care for the environment, they might instead be wearing Hefty, Glad or even Great Value.

That at least could be the case at the 8th Annual Refashion Show May 15 at IslandWood.

The show focuses on upcycling and reusing textiles to encourage adopting a new wardrobe mindset: make apparel new to you without buying new.

The event starts at 12:30 p.m. with the Runway Show in the Great Hall from 1-2 p.m. You can then walk the facilities trails to check out the creative genius of the artists and models along the way. At 4:30 winners decided by three judges will be awarded cash prizes.

Categories are:

1. Upcycled Ready-to-wear: Outfits are made from used textiles or used clothing from any source.

2. Mystery Box: Designers will work with a box they received full of textiles and other types of apparel-related items.

3. Shop Your Closet: The goal is a materials budget of zero dollars. Artists use what they have or what friends have already in their closets, unused and unloved.

Other activities:Audience Award voting on the trails; ReFashionBainbridge will be hosting a jewelry exchange; and bring a blank t-shirt or tote for silk screening a student-designed ReFashion logo.

Tickets are $30, $15 for students. Get them at

The event is organized by Refashion Bainbridge, a program of Sustainable Bainbridge. Refashion Bainbridge was born out of the need to educate the public on the environmental impact of clothing choices through workshops, fashion shows, conferences and web resources. It sponsors a variety of events throughout the year, such as the Clothing Swap in March.

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