You may remember in October of 2015 when I had the pleasure of attending my first Opera Carolina production Fidelio. That night they also premiered the first original "Opera Recycles" dress from Garbage Gone Glam; a beautiful one of a kind gown upcycled from Opera Carolina's own production flyers. [See Right].
Now, just a short year later, Garbage Gone Glam Founder Kristen Alyce and business partner Sarah LaPierre, are taking New York [and the runway] by storm as the masterminds behind VIVRE Couture .
Today at 4pm at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, as the VIVRE Couture runway show comes to an end, you'll be able to spot the newest Opera Recycles dress. Featuring a performance by professional opera singer, Raquel Squarez Groen, she will rock the runway in this unique custom designed Opera dress made out of the 2016/2017 recycled posters by Kristen and the Garbage Gone Glam team. [See Left].
Can't make it to #NYFW yourself? Follow along with Opera Carolina's adventure on their social media as their Marketing Director, Megan Miller, gets up close and personal with what it means to be fashionable in the city. Don't already follow this amazing team? You can find them on Twitter and Instagram at the following handles:
The Garbage Gone Glam dress to be debuted today is made out of the show posters for Opera Carolina’s three 2016/17 season operas and printed on recycled paper. Comprised entirely of the posters and duct tape, this is Garbage Gone Glam’s second year participating in the Opera Recycles program. In addition to this dress walking the runway at New York Couture Fashion Week Opera Carolina commissioned three other dresses to be created by local Charlotte designers. All of which will premier later this month at Charlotte Seen Fashion Week’s Emerging Recyclables Show. Since it’s start in 2015, Opera Recycles has upcycled more than 10,000 pieces of printed marketing collateral.
What is the Opera Recycles initiative?
In 2015, Opera Carolina launched a new recycling initiative, Opera Recycles, with the intent to put the outdated and extraneous printed marketing collateral to a creative and beautiful use. In the two years since the initiative launched more than 10,000 pieces of marketing material have been converted into fashion pieces. Through this initiative Opera Carolina demonstrates its commitment to environmental consciousness and creative thinking.
The mission of Opera Carolina is to elevate the quality of life throughout the region's diverse communities through the presentation of excellent Opera and Education & Outreach programs. Founded in 1948 by the Charlotte Music Club, Opera Carolina is the largest Opera company in the Carolinas.
Designers for the Opera Recycles initiative include Kristen Alyce of Garbage Gone Glam, based out of Florida as well as local Charlotte designers, Emily Kramer, Sarah Danee McGree, Maluo Cordery, and Vinne Tadeo. Keeping local artists engaged is an important part of the Opera Recycles initiative.