Discard Avant Garb invites artists to create costumes using recycled and/or non-traditional materials. The pieces are then presented in a fashion show format. In recent years, artist/designers have handcrafted entire ensembles from bottlecaps. Or weeds. Or stray socks. Or coffee filters.
All proceeds from the Recycled Fashion Show event go to charity. Last year’s event at the Capital Repertory Theatre raised approximately $6,500 for worthy causes: Albany Center Gallery and the Chris Ryan Scholarship Fund at Albany High School. This year, proceeds will also be distributed to two more recipients: The Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize Fund and the Grand Street Community Arts Center.
Among the more than 30 Nippertown artist/designers who are creating unique, one-of-a-kind fashions for the 10th anniversary bash are Roxanne Storms, Helen Martin, Val P. Funk, Lillian Mulero, A.C. Everson, Alex Albino, Jimmy Cassaro, MotherJudge, Colleen Fraser Skiff, Joleen M. Button, Roberta Lawrence, Hadiya Wilborn, Oakley Hall III, Stephanie Martin and Ericka Klein.
As always, the evening’s festivities will be emceed by the ever-acerbic Mary Panza. In addition to the runway fashion show, the event will also feature installation art by Sara E. Worden, Chris Harvey, Julianne Hunter and Jan Galligan & Robert Durlack. Festivities also include a silent auction, music by DJ Nate and a cash bar throughout the night.