What’s Old is New Again and Oh-So Upcycled
In March, the annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza sold out to a cheering, stomping crowd for two nights. The show starred dancers, aerial artists, a mime and 70 volunteer models who rehearsed for six weeks to show off fashions from dozens of designers from all across the U.S. Among this year’s up-cycled creations were a sparkling samurai fashioned from used CDs and a puffy poodle skirt cooked up from used coffee filters.
Since the first show was held in the street eight years ago, this multi-media fashion extravaganza has strutted miles of runways and covered a lot of creative territory. Amy Kimberly, executive director of the Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, is the show’s creator. She chose the Green is the New Black name. “It was designed to bring an environmental bent to the show,” she explains. “Back at the start, I saw a creative tribe of people forming here. They were making wearable arts and interested in environment, and we wanted to highlight sustainable fashions.”
This year’s “Transformation” theme was played out in performance and videography as well as in fashions. “We were traveling the life cycle from birth to death,” Kimberly, shown below in gold, notes. “That’s how we could best show transformation and how our environment can affect us.” “I want to thank the models who transform through our experience together; the designers who make environmental choices in their art and lead the way in helping to protect our earth; the dancers who rehearse for months to create movement that makes us think; the artists who create images that inspire us,” said Kimberly. “The creative tribe in the Roaring Fork Valley is strong.”