Colorado State University Students Create Fashion from Cupcake Wrappers, Plastic Bags, Newspapers

Note to Reporters: Photos of a few garments featured in the show are available at with this press release.

Colorado State University students are creating cutting-edge fashion from recycled items. Students must make garments with 70 percent recyclable materials, which will be featured in recycled fashion show with 65 garments styled from cupcake wrappers, plastic bags, newspapers and paperclips.

The show is put on by the university’s student chapter of the Fashion Group International. This year’s show focuses on an Alice in Wonderland theme, “Alice in RunwayLand: We’re all Green Here.” The show is at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at the Sunset Event Center at 242 Linden St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8, available at the door.

The garments are presented in three categories: dress for less, general submission and garments inspired by Alice in Wonderland characters. While general submission and Alice in Wonderland inspired garments must be made primarily from recycled materials, the dress for less category requires the designer to put together an ensemble from second-hand clothing stores that costs no more than $30.

This year’s event showcases original designs of CSU students who applied for the opportunity to include garments in the show.

“Alice in RunwayLand: We’re All Green Here” is sponsored by the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Applied Human Sciences and coordinated by design and merchandising students, although students outside of that major are welcome to participate. Students who coordinate the show gain experience in event planning, stage décor and promotion.