I haven’t always been in love with second-hand goods, also known as vintage. As a kid, my grandmother and auntie would take me shopping at Goodwill’s and thrift stores alike. I didn’t really bother looking because I thought it was all shit. It wasn’t until college, where I was out on my own and spending my own money when I realized there were real gems waiting to be found on those dirty racks. Now, it’s really rewarding when you search and search to find a vintage Dooney and Burke bag. Vintage grew on me.
American Trash, a fashion show where all apparel will be made of recycled and upcycled goods, is going one step further. From toilet paper tubes to beers cans, local artists Cindy Henry and A. J. Thouvenot will create fashion masterpieces by using non-traditional materials.
Rebel Tart, designed by Cindy Henry, is a St. Louis based fashion label inspired by pin up, 1950s swank nightlife and rebellious musical icons from the latter part of the 20th century: Blondie, Joan Jett, and Cyndi Lauper. Henry has won numerous local fashion awards and was featured costumer in Xbox 360 Magazine’s UK edition.
A. J. Thouvenot, of Andy J Designs, who also loves Cyndi Lauper, goes by the mantra live, play, create. I’d say that his mantra works for him, having been a contestant on Project Runway in 2010. Thouvenot says finding ironic fun in the cliché and the sweet in the sour is what comes naturally, which proves true in his portfolio, comprised of tulle, leather and a corset made of guns.
Sadly, I will be out of town during American Trash but I look forward to seeing the masterpieces these designers create! American Trash, an American Wasteland of Fashion, is set to hit the runway at 2720 on Cherokee Street in St. Louis, Saturday July 12th 8pm – 10pm with an after party at Art Bar St. Louis. The event is sponsored by PBR, Tullamore Dew and Riverfront Times and put on by Brainchild Events. Purchase tickets here.
Go and enjoy this event for me! x
Photos were found on the American Trash event page.