Lily Lashmet graduated from Bainbridge High School June 11.
That night, instead of going to the Grad Night celebration with hundreds of the other graduates, Lashmet spent those hours finishing her entry for the next day’s ReFashion Trashion Show.
Lashmet, a five-time Trashion show designer, submitted the Moss Prince entry as a student.
Fashion in the Forest was sponsored by Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, which encourages a reduction in waste in the community, from the purchase of material to disposal, and encourages changes in behavior that lead to sustainable use of resources.
Many environmentally conscious fashionistas and refashion enthusiasts strolled along the trails at IslandWood to look at the show.
Lashmet has been sewing since she was a kid and participated in her first show in seventh grade for a school project because she likes doing something for a cause and wanted to do something to empower others.
”I’m a big scuba diver, my whole family is, so seeing trash while I’m diving is not fun,” she said.
Accompanied by her best friend, Sann Wilder who modeled Lashmet’s design, the duo showed off the hand-painted, patchwork fabric made from a variety of textiles and also incorporated a unique fastening feature. Using reclaimed buttons, Lashmet sewed alternating button loops to make the garment closure respectful for all genders, and it resembled the interlocking feature of a zipper.
They were not the only students involved in the show.
Two Wilkes Elementary School fourth-graders, Finn McDowell and Fiona Livingston, stood side-by-side and modeled two designs. Fiona modeled a flower-inspired sound suit designed by Dawn Snider, and Finn wore a Rubik’s Cube sound suit designed by Lynn Christiansen. Fiona said the thing she liked most about her outfit were the flower appliques and Finn said he liked the headpiece of his sound suit.
Adults, of course, participated too. Designer Isobel Coney modeled a recycled denim pocket hat, puzzle jacket and dress that had a Willy Wonka flair. Coney said the ensemble took weeks to make, and she had finished less than 24 hours prior to the event and made the top hat the night before the show. “I’d been thinking about creating this for ages. Sometimes you need a deadline,” Coney said.