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TRASH TO FLASH

Last week’s event drew over 100 designers, who produced 150 original designs. One bestseller, a belted coat by San Francisco’s gr.Dano, featured a gorgeous grey ombré-dyed pattern that required eight hours of hand-dipping. Cari Borja’s floor-length purple-and-black gown, backed by an enormous and whimsical bow, was another showstopper. But fashion-loving bipeds weren’t the only ones having fun. Designer Marianne Pearson made a boiled wool jacket for a small dog, which she dubbed “sustainable canine couture.” The final bid? An impressive $480!

If care and attention can change the lives of people in need, then so can the scrap pile be transformed into something of value.

Since its inception in 2005, Discarded to Divine has drawn an ever-increasing stable of designers. Pieces include mens and womenswear, ranging from both casual to evening attire, as well include accessories and home decor. In addition to notable Bay Area-based designers such as gr.dano and Borja, Discarded to Divine also partners with student designers from the Academy of Arts University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, San Francisco State University, and the California College of the Arts, among others.

With help from designers and visionary volunteers, Discarded to Divine has become more than a fundraiser—it’s now a movement that embraces charity and sustainability to restore the lives of those around us. If care and attention can change the lives of people in need, according to Rosen, then so can the scrap pile be transformed into something of value.

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