Backstage2Trash Fashion & Costume Contest

Did you know that former participants and winners of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival have gone on to study design at schools such as Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, London College of Fashion and more!  Join us for the 2019 Trash Fashion and Costume Contest on November 15th!

The 2019 show will take place at 7:00 on November 15th at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  Doors open at 5:00 and the Art Market will be open from 5:00 - 7:00.  Fashion show tickets are available at the door, but also can be purchased ahead of time at or 505-988-1234. The show often sells out so if you know you're coming, we encourage you to buy your ticket ahead of time.  It is assigned seating.

Recycled fashions must be made of at least 75% recycled or reused materials that otherwise would be thrown away or recycled.  Vintage clothing and clothes made out of trash bags will not be accepted.  Complete outfits recommended.  Only one prize per designer.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Trash Fashion Show Contestants and to the 2016 Trash Fashion Show winners!

  • Child Category 9-11 years oldshooting-for-peace-by-josette-gurule  
  • Honorable Mention - La Catrina by Isle Francorubber-hide-by-ginny-sterpka
  • Third - Christmas Tree by Desiree Valdiviezo
  • Second - Future Ball Gown by Willa Heil
  • First - Jellyfish Fantasy by Jaeda Panagos
  • Teen Category
  • Honorable Mention - Heartbreak of Me by CHarlize Johnson
  • Third - Breaking News by Liza Doyle
  • Second - The Butterfly by Deedee Jansen
  • First Place Tie - New York Times by Jackie Gondara
  • First Place Tie - Shooting for Peace by Josette Gurule
  • Adult Category
  • Honorable Mention -Kentucky Derby by Donna Barnitz
  • Third - Call Me Maybe by Katherine Lewis
  • Second - Boquets of Buttons of Flowers by Frances Porterfield
  • First - Rubber Hide by Virginia Sterpkany-times-by-jacky-gandara
  • Individual Categories
  • Best Fiber Outfit - Cashmere 2.0 by Tess Degange
  • Best Paper Outfit - Call Me Maybe by Katherine Lewis
  • Best PlasticOutfit - Birds on Bags by Sara Weiner

Recycle Santa Fe's Trash Fashion & Costume Contest has had many high fashion entries, to rival the likes shown in Paris and Milan runways, thanks to the efforts of many budding "Fashionistas."  The wildly popular fashion show has never failed to surprise and entertain the crowd and is a great opening event for the festival. Come see extraordinary people transforming garbage to glamour and strutting their stuff down the catwalk. When your kids get tired of that trampoline, do what these folks do-- turn it into a hot looking Goth evening gown!

Distinguished judges have a difficult time judging this event. This show has always been outrageous in the past and we are sure this year it will be a blast!

Friday general admission (purchased at the door) $5 and under 12 are free. The Friday night recycle fashion show is at 7pm, tickets include general admission and are $15-20 and may be purchased ahead of time through or by calling 988-1234.

2015 Photos 

To purchase a DVD of previous Trash Fashion & Costume Contest, please contact Doreen Gallegos of Wildfire Productions at

2013 Contestants you can see and/or order your portrait photos by LuAnne DeMeo by visiting

Check out a video of the 2012 show here

third-place-teenRecycle Santa Fe Art Fashion Show will continue to grow as a favorite, inviting both young and old to bring out their most ingenious and trashy costumes and fashions to compete in a fashion show like no other in Santa Fe!

2009 Photos
2010 Photos

To see the 2013 winners and photos click here.

See More Fashion Show ImagesTrash Fashion 2010 - stage shot

If you are interested in participating in the Trash Fashion & Costume Contest click here.

See what one of the original trash fashion contestants and show coordinators, Nancy Judd, is up to now. Visit

Recycle Runway is a recycled fashion show touring the country that includes fashions from previous Recycle Santa Fe Fashion Shows,