Along with the show designers and models are required to attend two practices and a dress rehearsal.

First rehearsal , Venue - TBD.
Models to wear their shoes, bring photo release forms for all designers, co-designers, and models

Second rehearsal,  Venue TBD. Models to wear their shoes and bring any missing photo release forms.

Dress rehearsal, Sunday. Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT) 114 E. Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
Refashion: arrive to dress, rehearsal starts
Trashion: arrive to dress, rehearsal starts.
Designers are responsible for communicating with models about rehearsals.
Models should wear the shoes they are wearing on the runway to the rehearsals, but do not need to wear their designs at the first two rehearsals.

Bring your designs to the rehearsal if you are still looking for a model.
All designers and models are required to fill out a photo release form.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Trashion 2017



1. What information is required upon submission?
You must have all of these components before submitting your design: Your name
Phone number
Email address
A detailed description of your garment and materials
Three images of your garment (front, back, and detail)
Model info

2. How much of my garment needs to be made of refashioned materials? 
90% of your garment needs to be of refashioned or discarded materials. The thread does not count. 

3. Can I use anything new in my design(s)?
Up to 10% of your garment made be new material, just so long as it’s not a major component of your design. We encourage designers to use as much discarded and repurposed materials as possible in their designs.

4. How many designs can I enter? 
We are allowing designers to enter up to three complete designs.

5. Do I need to have a full “look” or can I submit just a skirt, top, or jacket? 
All entries must be a complete look. If you would like to be paired up with another designer to work together to complete a look, please contact

6. Do I need to find my own model? 
Designers are encouraged to have their own models, however, the Trashion/Refashion committee can help place a model in your design. You must note if you have a model and who they are in your submission process. If you need a model, that also must be noted. Designers are responsible for communicating all requirements, commitments, and guidelines to their models and/or teams.

7. Is it ok for a designer to model their own design?
Absolutely yes!

8. What is the rehearsal time commitment? 
We divide rehearsals between the ReFashion group and the Trashion group, each has two rehearsals, approximately one hour each in the month before the event and one mandatory dress rehearsal the day of the event. Designers and models are required to attend all three rehearsals. During the rehearsals, we will ask that each model or guardian sign a consent for participation release for the event.

9. What kind of designs show up best on stage? 
Finished ones! Be bold, creative, and resourceful! This is a wild and exciting show, and the audience responds positively to different designs that are practical, bold, flashy, or creative. Designs that use impressive or unusual materials or a creative process also do really well. Please encourage your models to take their time on the runway to show off the design that they are wearing. It is very important that models do this for the show.

10. What criteria does the Steering Committee use to decide which designs are accepted? 
Percentage of reused/discarded materials, complete design, complete application process including description.

11. What is the difference between “trashion” and “refashion”?
Trashion is the result of creatively turning discarded items into fashion.
Refashion is the result of modifying existing clothing into something more fashionable.

12. If my design isn’t finished by the submission deadline, can I submit an incomplete design or a proposal for a design?
We must see an identifiable complete design by the submission deadline. If the design only needs a few tweaks and detail after the deadline has passed, the Steering Committee will still consider it if the design is mostly completed.

13. Can I use my own makeup/hair stylists? 
Absolutely. Space is limited behind the scenes at the theater, if you require a lot of space or materials to get ready, please consider arriving at the theater with as much hair and make-up finished as possible.

14. What image file size and type is required for submission? 
We require three images with your submission application. 300 dpi, JPEG format

15. Can I request special music to be played during my model’s time on the runway?
Sure. We reserve the right to maintain creative control, but if you have a suggestion to be played while your design is on the runway, please mention this in an email to and we will pass the information on to our music supervisor.

CALL FOR EMCEE DESIGNS !! (deadlines passed)

For 2020 Trashion we invite all designers to submit design concepts for our two emcees, Yael Ksander and Devta Kidd, to wear during the show.  Each emcee will wear one design for the Refashion portion of the show and another for Trashion. A total of 4 designs are needed.  

Design concept submissions will include a sketch or some other kind of image that illustrates the design concept along with photos of materials to be used and a description of the design.  Designers are invited to make submissions for any or all of the 4 designs needed. More than one designer can work on design submissions. Submissions will be sent to EasyChair using this link. Photos of Yael and Devta are included below. Their measurements are available in the EasyChair 2020 Trashion instructions. If you have made past submissions with EasyChair you can use the same login credentials. Otherwise, you can create a new login.

The deadline for emcee design concept submissions is Friday, December 6.  Applicants will be notified of judging results by Friday, December 13. Submissions will be reviewed in 2 phases.  In December a set of design concepts will be selected for further work to be done. By Friday, January 17 photos of a design mockup with materials shown on a dress form or on a model are required.  Designs do NOT need to be finished in January but should be far enough along to give judges a good idea of what the completed design will look like and how materials are being transformed into fashion.  The final selection of 4 designs will be made from the photos submitted in January. The results of the 2nd phase of judging will be communicated no later than January 24. Please note that any designs not selected for the emcees will still be eligible to enter in the 2020 Refashion or Trashion categories.

Share this invitation with others who might be interested.  We are very excited to add this feature to the show and look forward to seeing your entries!  Please send any questions to contact@bloomingtontrashion. org.

Trashion 2020 EMCEES

Our gorgeous Emcees - (Left) Yael Ksander and (Right) Devta Kidd