Mix and match style and discarded items at Missouri S&T’s ‘trashion’ show March 1

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On December 9, 2021

The Center for Arts and Innovation will award $1,000 in prizes to teams of students that participate in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s upcoming “trashion” show at noon Tuesday, March 1, in the atrium of the Havener Center. An interdisciplinary jury will award prizes for garments made of at least 90% reused and recycled materials. Prizes will be awarded based on the design’s innovation, sustainability and construction and the garment’s overall visual impact.

The competition is open to interdisciplinary teams of S&T students with no more than six members. At least one team member must be from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and one from the College of Engineering and Computing.


The Center for Arts and Innovation presents the “trashion” show March 1. Logo designed by Andreas Ellinas, a junior in technical communications and member of the physics honor society and of Missouri S&T’s rocket design team.

Examples of materials that can be used include food packaging and wrappers, electronic components, container lids, and construction materials. Designs must be original and will be judged on their level of creativity and complexity. Teams are responsible for recruiting a model to walk the runway while wearing the garment. Members of the team, other S&T students, faculty or staff are eligible to model. Garments must not have the potential to endanger the model or viewers.

“Designing and showcasing a garment made of materials that would otherwise be discarded will offer students an opportunity to explore the connections between innovation, sustainability and artistic expression,” says Dr. Karen Head, professor of English and technical communication and S&T’s arts and innovation director, who advises the competition. “It will also be a phenomenal opportunity for students to collaborate with others from disciplines with whom they may not otherwise interact.”

To participate in the show, teams are required to email a one- to two-page written statement to explaining their artistic vision and technical process, as well as a short video previewing the garment, to khead@mst.edu no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students and is part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 different degree programs in 40 areas of study and is ranked by CollegeFactual as the best public university to study engineering. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu

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