Advance on AIR Field Trip to an Alternative Fashion Show! 

This past Friday our Advance on AIR teens went on a field to an alternative fashion show! The Trash and Textiles runway event, held at Wrong Brain HQ in Dover, featured collections by five New England upcycled clothing designers. Arts in Reach teaching artist, Sam Paolini, organized the event and concurrent gallery exhibition. Sam and Boston-based designer, Villada, ended the show with their spring collaboration, “Fruit”: a bright and joyous, gender-neutral and size inclusive collection. An addition to the excitement of the fashion show was seeing AIR alumna and resident photographer, Mea Santulli, walk the runway in a bold strawberry romper! 

Wrong Brain kindly setup a “VIP” section for our group, so that we would have prime viewing of the show. Prior to the runway portion of the event, our teens learned to operate a manual button press and designed their own buttons.

It was so inspiring for our teens to see the varying ways the designers manipulated repurposed materials. It’s serendipitous that this event took place on the eve of our Phenomenal Woman Project program, which will once again focus on Wearable Art. Many of the teens who attended this field trip are on the roster for this program. We hope that this fashion show energizes their creativity and inspires their own upcycled creations!