Smash Hit: Reinvent the Runway Show with Arts Council of Placer County

Recycled parachute dress with belt made of recycled leather jacket and web packaging

On October 5, the Arts Council of Placer County held its inaugural “Reinvent the Runway” show featuring more than 30 artistic creations using recycled and repurposed materials.  The event was held in partnership with Sierra Makerspaces and Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College, attracting more than 300 people to the venue.  Sierra College’s Robotics Club managed the BBQ and helped feed guests, and CCC Maker students who had completed internship experiences also volunteered their time at the event.  The specially designed runway was constructed by Sierra Makerspaces Creative Consultant Heather Lincoln and assembled by a team from the Sierra and Hacker Lab community.

Designers represented diverse cultures, including five entries featuring Native American messages and images, and fashion genres including fantasy, exotic, and bohemian.    Designers also included students from Folsom Lake College’s Innovation Center, Sierra College Makerspaces, Lincoln High School, and Newcastle Elementary School; faculty from Sierra College and Lincoln High School; and team members from Sierra Makerspaces.

Fashion entries were displayed on manikins at the Rocklin Mini-Maker Faire the next day, October 6, and will be on display at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College until mid-October as part of a regional gallery tour by the Arts Council of Placer County.  More photos are at

Recycled pink bubblewrap dress with lighting, and cider bottlecap chain mail dress
Cider cap chain mail dress with undersea staff and crown
Recycled paper and mixed media dress with lighting in both hair and dress
Recycled paper dress with copper wire wings and elfin ear jewelry by Sierra College designer and Lincoln HS model
Foam and mixed media, including trash bags, by Sierra College student designer and Hacker Lab designer. Models are Sierra College students. Garment on right won Best of Show.

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