“Trashy” Dresses Inspire Reuse – 4/1

Evening of fashion show, dress creation, and upcycling waste, Monday, April 1, 2013.

Pretty Dirty Goes Runway merges art and waste in a unique fashion show highlighting dresses made from trash. The fashion show includes Pretty Dirty dresses made from trash collected in six Chicago neighborhoods in addition to two pieces made that very night from waste collected at Uncommon Ground (one of the greenest restaurants in the nation) on Monday, April 1st from 8 pm – 10 pm. Event attendees can also contribute to the making of a dress and vest out of trash in real-time and brainstorm new ways to reuse what most throw away.

Pretty Dirty is a dress-making performance series, where a team of artists create a dress – on the spot – from interesting pieces of garbage at street festivals and events in Chicagoland neighborhoods. The mission of Pretty Dirty is to playfully encourage people to explore the waste their lifestyle generates and inspire them to see the beauty, use, and fun in giving their trash innovative uses.
Pretty Dirty Goes Runway will showcase six dresses from performances conducted in Andersonville, Ravenswood, Wicker Park, Pilsen, and Evanston. Additional pieces to share the spotlight include a cocktail dress that has won two eco fashion shows in Chicago and San Francisco and a wedding party dress croqueted from 238 plastic bags by New York designer Meagan Cheung. The fashion show will be directed by Carron Little, an interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer, who founded Out of Site, Chicago in 2011 and is Eyeporium Gallery Director. She received her undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths’ College, London, U.K. and her Masters from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Little has performed and exhibited in numerous venues around the city, including 6018North in Private Vs Public exhibition in October, 2012 and at Slow Gallery in February, 2013. She is currently working on a year long project entitled Dream Minds and sits on the Wicker Park Bucktown Arts Committee and on the Board of Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery.
Christine Shallenberg, a multimedia artist who lives in the Edgewater neighborhood and whose work spansinstallation, research, performance, and community engagement, will create a dress – on the spot – fromUncommon Ground restaurant’s trash. Jessie Rochon, an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes sitespecific installation, sculpture, performance, and film, will create a vest – on the spot – from UncommonGround restaurant’s trash as well. Event goers are encouraged to watch as these art pieces get made live andeven contribute to the attire-making. The event will conclude with a runway walk of the completed dress and vest.

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