Trashion/Upcycled Fashion Guidelines

Upcycle Oregon 2015. Photo by James Bass.
Upcycle Oregon 2015. Photo by James Bass.


Upcycle Oregon is a celebration promoting creative reuse through art, fashion and hands-on learning experiences. It features an Artist’s Upcycle Marketplace with products made from reused materials, the Upcycle Oregon Exhibition, and a Trashion/Upcycle Fashion Show, in addition to educational exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities about consumption alternatives, waste reduction, and sustainable practices.

The event will be held at the Salem Convention Center on May 21, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Trashion/Upcycled Fashion Show provides an opportunity for ages 10 to adult to develop and exhibit recycled/reused garments created from items that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. The show is a fusion of fashion, sustainability, and trash to promote visual arts and consumption alternatives.


  • Youth and adult artists living in Oregon are eligible to apply.
  • Entries must be original art works completed within the past two years.
  • Prior exhibit history not required.


  • Contestants must be present at the Trashion/Upcycled Fashion Show and must participate in the dress rehearsal to claim the prize.
  • A parent must consent to their minor child’s participation and sign a model release so that images may be publicly displayed.
  • Adult participants must sign model release to participate in the Trashion/Upcycled Fashion Show.


  • Fashions must be made from at least 75% recyclable or reused materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. These fashions can include cardboard, steel/tin, recycled fabric or clothing, aluminum, plastics, paper cartons, chipboard, newspaper, mixed papers (magazines, junk mail, and catalogs), and paper bags. Used clothing is acceptable provided it has been significantly repurposed and redesigned into something substantially “new.”
  • Fashions must be durable enough for wear throughout the event.
  • Entries may include 1 to 3 people on their Trashion/Upcycle Fashion design team. Each entry must provide its own model. The model does not have to be part of the design team. If participants choose to work as a team, it will be up to them to decide how the prize is shared.
  • Footwear, accessories and makeup should be used to enhance overall ensembles.
  • Fashion creations must not smell or be generally unhygienic.
  • Fashion ensembles must remain modest and discreet.


Everyday – Upcycled fashion that you would feel comfortable wearing and incorporating into your daily, active life.

Outrageous – Bring on the glam! Tell us a story with trash + fashion. We are looking for trashion that is outlandish, over the top and has a strong narrative.


An awards ceremony to honor the participating trashion/upcycled fashion designers will be scheduled during the event.

One Best of Show will be awarded in each category. Three Merit prizes will be awarded in each category. Prizes to be determined.


Trashion/Upcycled Fashion Entries Due | May 15, 2016

Notice Of Acceptance | Within two weeks of receipt of application

Upcycled Fashion Show | May 21, 2016


Trashion designs will be selected by a panel of jurors. Selection criteria include: technical proficiency with media, composition and design, and skillful visual communication of subject or concept. Selected artists will be notified of their acceptance to exhibit within two weeks of receipt of application (must include fees).


$10 Application Fee for up to five upcycled fashion. If you have more than five fashions to submit, please contact to discuss featured inclusion. The Application Fee is waived for students who provide proof of student status by submitting a photo of their student identification.

Complete online application at:


Entries will be judged collectively by a panel of judges. Creations will be awarded merit based on the following criteria:

  • Workmanship – the quality of construction, neatness, and attention to detail given in creating the trashion attire.
  • Originality – the uniqueness, inventiveness, creativity, and original thought of the trashion attire and accessories.
  • Overall Impact – the effectiveness of the complete “look” including thoughtful choice of accessories, hair style, and make-up.
  • Sustainability – longevity of the creation. Can it be worn again or will it end up in the garbage?


Artists are responsible for insuring or self-insuring exhibited upcycled fashions. While Upcycle Oregon and venue hosts will exert all reasonable efforts to protect artwork from theft, vandalism or other harm, exhibiting Artists agree to assume liability for artwork.


Each Artist retains all copyrights to their own images and artworks. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submitting work for jurying, selected artists grant Upcycle Oregon and Forge X Northwest the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting exhibitions, programs, and the artist and subsequent display on the Forge X Northwest and Upcycle Oregon websites. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from Upcycle Oregon.