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Charlotte High School Students Win Cash Prizes for Turning Recycled Materials into Chic Fashions


Recycle the Runway winnersStudents’ fashion designs won more than $12, 500 in first place cash prizes for their schools during the 5th annual Recycle the Runway Fashion Show at Northlake Mall. The winners attend Northwest School of the Arts, Providence and West Charlotte High Schools.

The fashion show was organized by Solid Waste’s Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful with the support of over a dozen corporate sponsors and partner organizations. The event gives students an opportunity to reuse items such as aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, plastics and other materials and tailor it into trendy fashions.

Students from 10 area high schools created 29 outfits full of texture and color to be modeled down the runway. Each design displayed a unique theme such as Providence High School’s Marilyn Monroe inspired ball gown, to Harding High School’s “Queen of Winter,” to a “Sweet and Salty” gown created from snack bags by students at West Charlotte High School.

“Each year I am simply amazed by the students’ workmanship, creativity and knowledge of fashion and recycling,” said Laurette Hall, LUESA Waste Reduction. “This project ties together what they can recycle at school and in the Mecklenburg community, with what materials can become. It promotes good-will in our community, develops work ethic and collaboration. Plus, it is just plain fun.”

Northwest School of the Arts won first place for Best in Show for their knee-length “Flower Warrior” dress, an outfit fit for a warrior princess. Providence High School won first place in the Most Creative Use of Recyclable Materials category for their full-length ball gown created with fabric bearing colorful images of Marilyn Monroe. West Charlotte High School won first place in the Greatest Variety of Different Recyclable Materials for a ball gown, reminiscent of the 1800s, created from a mix of recyclable materials. West Charlotte High School’s “Sweet Lolita,” a dress featuring a myriad of pink bottle caps, won Crowd Favorite.

Over $22,000 was awarded to this year’s participants in total.

Click here to view photos from the event.

  • Butler High School
  • Harding University High School
  • Mallard Creek High School
  • Myers Park High School
  • Northwest School of the Arts
  • Phillip O. Berry
  • Providence High School
  • West Charlotte High School
  • William Amos Hough High School
  • Lake Norman Charter