It’s Senior Year for blACKbook at the 4th annual Cisco Trashion Show and, boy, have we learned so much since this inspirational and educational event and our first show in July of 2016.
The Trashion Show is not only the biggest event of the season for us at blACKbook, but is also a message that we hold near and dear… not just in the summer, but for all four seasons! This year’s sold out show, with over 300 attendees, featured over 30 models and makers who took the Trashion Show to the next level with their incredible outfits on their catwalk… or should we say dogwalk, as seen below!
Much love to our 2019 sponsors: Oceanworks, Raw Elements, Cape Clasp, and Mountain Valley Spring Water. Their visions of sustainibility are shaping our minds into those that can change the world. Also, so much gratitude to our hair and makeup partners, Darya Salon & Spa and RJ Miller Salon & Spa, whose creativity topped off the show. A big thank you to Uncle Ricky for always keeping things fresh as our emcee.!
And last but not least, huge shout out to ACK Clean Team, who keeps spreading the message about keeping Nantucket clean every day. All proceeds for Trashion Show Tickets goes bACK to this beloved volunteer group and we loved having the ACK Clean Team surprise us with their own model and outfit with Glen, who showed up as a special guest as seen here!
Without further ado, enjoy the 2019 trashion show models, makers, their stories and their senior year superlatives… blACKbook style!
Dog Waste dresses designed by Nantucket Barkery, modeled by Sandy who is rocking the look with two Insta famous dogs, @Lilly_goldenretriever & @paddingtonthegoat, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… We know it’s the owners responsibility to dispose of dog waste materials and it’s NOT cool to leave the doggie doodoo on the beach, hiking paths, etc. As model and maker Sandy told us, “Everything was found at the take it or leave it, I had the dress reconstructed to reconstructed to fit me. I was fortunate enough to meet an older gentleman that recently had lost his dog, and he was bringing some of his dog’s belongings, including a bag full of poop bags, to the Take It or Leave It. That is when my idea evolved! People need to be educated on this topic!” DID YOU KNOW… Statistics show that doggy waste bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose and the tiny plastic bits are harmful to birds and marine life? Compostable and biodegradable dog waste bags need to be exposed to a constant heat for the magic to really happen. In the meantime, alternatives to doggy poop bags would be newspapers, magazine pages, or a recyclable yogurt container.
Self-Love outfit & message designed and modeled by Dorothy, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… Dorothy collects trash on her walks every morning. She is one of the few people to come to ALL three beach cleans! Her outfit represents the idea that loving oneself is a direct connect to how one cares for the planet. The cardboard was made into leaves, tied together with finishing line found on the beach. The fringe is made of rope and netting, showing how we are all connected. It is us, the people around us, and our planet. We must care for one another everywhere we go and throughout everything we do.
MOST LIKELY TO RAISE AWARENESS
Single Use Plastic look designed by ROASTD General Store, modeled by Emmy, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…ROASTD General Store has been a forerunner on ACK in the movement towards eliminating plastic. As we use plastic, we need to contemplate, why do we like it? Why do we need it? If we have nothing harmful to throw away, we have no trash polluting the world… but then plastic comes along, which changes everything… Remember that a bag of chips is not more important than a blue fish or sea turtle.
MOST LIKELY TO HANG OUT IN THE BATHROOM
Toilet Paper Waste outfit designed and modeled by Morgan, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…Morgan’s look is here to bring you the dirty truth straight from your bathroom. Morgan has a serious passion for water quality and wants to bring awareness to how much strain flushing “unflushable” items can put on both our natural resources and our public infrastructure! DID YOU KNOW… Each person in the United States uses nearly three rolls of toilet paper each week – that’s over 140 rolls a year – topping the charts for global toilet paper use. Between now and next year’s trashion show, Americans will collectively flush billions of rolls down our drains, literally wiping out global forests. Lastly, remember THE TOILET IS NOT A TRASH CAN. Flushing ANYTHING other than toilet paper and human waste can have major consequences for your pipes, septic systems, municipal sewer systems, and natural resources. Now you know. Flush responsibly, Nantucket!
Balloon outfits designed and modeled by the Powers sisters, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY...This is the Powers sisters’ 4th time in the Trashion Show, and they are all about advocating for our planet. This year’s outfit was made out of solely balloons. It is accessorized by an assortment of ribbons, ropes, netting, and scallop shells. DID YOU KNOW that helium balloons are illegal on Nantucket? As great as they are for celebration, what can you use instead? Think about what they are made out of and what you do with them when the party is over.
Garment Industry Waste designed by Faherty, modeled by Sam, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…Faherty is a local business with a global perspective. Sam, the manager of Faherty, is rocking garment industry waste which, by the way, is one of the biggest waste contributors out there. Faherty Brand is committed to sustainability in a number of ways. They use repurposed water bottles in their swim trunks and donate a percentage of swim sales to The Planet, a movement started by the founder of Patagonia, focusing on donating a portion of proceeds to environmental issues. Faherty also regularly works with female artisans in India to create custom textiles for the brand, along with using organic cotton and natural indigo dye in a number of their designs.
Paints and Chemicals outfit designed and modeled by Lindsay, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…This is her 4th time in the Trashion show. Wearing paints and chemicals, Lindsay calls it “pints and paints”, so how does she keep zero waste associated with something like that? Lindsay says that we need safe chemicals and must “never pour oil paint into a drain or into the ground. It is considered hazardous waste, and disposing of it this way is illegal.” Next time you release your creative energy, think about what you’re using and how it can be safely disposed of.
MOST LIKELY TO MAKE A COME BACK
Reusable Wristbands look, designed by Lindsay, modeled by Devon, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… Say hello to Devon, who is bACK for her second Trashion Show and is cool with a second hand modeling gig because Lindsay made and modeled these wrist bands in 2017! This outfit is made of “mindless litter”. Businesses have to use wristbands for multiple reasons, and often times people see them as an annoyance or something that won’t make a big impact if they throw it on the ground. Cisco Brewers cuts wristbands off in hopes that it alleviates litter from people ripping them off and tossing them around the island.
Mountain Valley Spring Water look designed by Audrey and Ella of Nantucket blACKbook, modeled by MTV Devin
THE bACK STORY…Mountain Valley Spring Water is all about glass. We gave everyone a bottle so that the crowd could hydrate and think about it every time they are about to buy a plastic water bottle… remember Devin and start buying GLASS! Devin’s look was created by blACKbook and is made from recycled Stop & Shop bags, cardboard from Mountain Valley Spring Water packaging, a sweet hat from the thrift store and a net vest that we found while beach cleaning at Nobadeer! Does Devin and his 2 abs look familiar? That’s because he’s a Trashion Show Sophomore and is also found on MTV on “Are You The One?”
THE BRYNN & MERRICK HALF-TIME SHOW
We feel so honored to have had the amazing Voice Season 14’s winner and summer resident, Brynn Cartelli and the awesome 11-year old Nantucket’s Got Talent winner, Merrick Brannigan, perform both solo and as a duet at our 2019 Trashion Half Time Show.
Their duet and unique rendition of “Imagine” and “We Are The World” brought out a singalong and so many smiles!
MOST LIKELY TO BLOOM
Landscaping Waste/Floral dress, designed by Pumpkin Pond Farm, modeled by Katherine, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…Find beauty in the little things in life. Katherine is a Sophomore model strutting her stuff and blooming on the runway in a floral and woven twine dress with excess landscaping debris collected from Pumpkin Pond Farm and decorated with wild flowers by Charles McGowen. When we make our garden so beautiful, what is sacrificed? All the landscape trash, pesticides, etc. are important to put into consideration.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Melissa’s design features glass and single-use plastic, modeled by herself, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…Fashion student’s final exam! Melissa is a college student attempting to better understand the garment industry. Everything she used has been repurposed and she dreams to create sustainable fashion on ACK. The base of her dress is recycled faux leather from a past collection. On top of that, the outfit is made from single use plastic and glass. The glass is Stella Artois, her favorite beer, and some of the other materials used include, dental flossers, to go containers, and trash bags. Her only purchases were adhesive, sand paper, and black spray paint! If we can have an outfit that is SUSTAINABLE AND STYLISH, we are all in!!!
BIGGEST BEACH BABE
Levitate’s design features surf waste, modeled by Aria, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… Levitate is a local music, surf, skate, and art brand that has a deep love and commitment to our oceans. The skirt is made from recycled cardboard and decorated with old surf and skate magazine clippings. Aria’s top is made from the plastic bags that Levitate bikinis are packaged in when they are delivered to the shop. Her bracelet is made from scrap surfboard foam and she is sporting a broken board as a backpack, with an old surf leash attached to it.
Nick’s design features fishing waste, modeled by himself, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… Here’s a big guy, with a big outfit, talking about a big problem… fishing waste! This outfit was created to promote the Brant Point Shellfish Hatchery. All of Nick’s materials used were washed ashore on our beaches. This outfit serves as a reminder to clean up after ourselves while fishing out on a boat or on the beach, so that the waste seen above will stay out of our oceans!
MOST LIKELY TO WAKE YOU UP TO YOUR ONLINE HABITS
Nicole’s design features Amazon waste, modeled by herself, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…Amazon gives you what you want almost instantly, but what is the process from clicking to shipping? Gas, cardboard, and plastic waste. So much goes into getting stuff from Amazon to Nantucket. What is your Amazon habit? What could you give up in order to shop in a more healthy and local way? Nicole’s outfit is made of Chewy, Amazon, and Stitchfix boxes. Shop local and think about how even the most basic decisions affect our environment so much.
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
Ryle and Taylor’s design for Nantucket blACKbook features recycled clothing apparel, modeled by Ryle, with hair and makeup by RJ Miller Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… this blACKbook interns’ dress is made out of upcycled shirts from the 2018 Beach Clean Up tour along with various fabrics and materials found at the Hospital Thrift Store. Last year, we made way too many shirts out of excitement and rather than throwing them away, we decided to re-use them in creative ways and no longer order shirts for our Beach Cleans. We want to minimize our waste rather than creating more! Also, big shout out to Cheryl Fudge for assembling Ryle and Taylor’s vision, and for being so environment-friendly through her up-cycling business.
MOST LIKELY TO BE A COVER GIRL
N Magazine’s design features magazine waste, modeled by Sarah, with hair and makeup by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY… N Magazine is featuring the “women of N”, by using old recycled issues, and pulling pages and covers with their female subjects. Their article in the latest July issue connected readers further with the message of Trashion Show, and while “Getting Trashed” is their cheeky title, the message around up cycling and recycling, stands tall, as seen on their model, Sarah.
PROM KING AND QUEEN
Patience and Brad’s design features biodegradable elements, modeled by themselves, with hair and makeup done by Brad
THE bACK STORY… this dancing duo is mixing art and the power of dance, as they rock biodegradable elements to make the Bag Lady of the Ball. Patience’s dress is laced with recycled wooden curtain hoops, organic kale bag ties, recycled rhinestones and biodegradable produce bags. Brad’s outfit is made of used rug bags, rope, seaweed, scallop shells, feathers, weathered wood, and fishing weights. Together, they not only used the most trash, but they made the ultimate trash king and queen duo! P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRAD!
Fraser’s design features landscaping waste, modeled by Katie, with hair and makeup done by Darya Salon & Spa
THE bACK STORY…Most houses on Nantucket have a beautiful garden and a green lawn. But the processes used to create these green scapes are not always as natural as people would assume. Materials needed to maintain gardens create lots of waste and use plastics. Chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides leach into our fields and water ecosystems. Here are some pro tips to remember while gardening: 1) Using more perennial plants that come back year after year cuts down on plastic waste. 2) Using small amounts of organic fertilizer, only when necessary, keeps chemicals out of our world. Incorporating these practices, or communicating them to your landscaper, can create a more waste-free planet for not only humans, but creatures like, Nantucket Bay Scallops and Honey Bees, as well.
A FINAL NOTE FROM MISS blACKboook
As you can see and read from the photos, messaging, and mission, the Cisco Trashion Show has turned into an incredible, elaborate and collaborative awareness fundraiser. It has been a highlight of my life here on Nantucket to produce, execute, and host the Trashion Show for the past four years.
At this Trashion Show, I announced that I would be stepping down from my head host position, but will remain loyal to the cause and help create the committee for 2020. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring or participating in next year’s show. Thank you all for the love and support of keeping our Grey Lady and our mother Earth clean and eco-conscious.
And remember Nantucket… Keeping it classy and picking up your trashy!
Interested in learning about our photos with island photographer Kit Noble? Read more about The Kit Noble Portrait Studio!