Goodwill® of Southern Arizona has partnered with Pima Community College’s Fashion Program for its 13th Annual Fashion Arte Show. Students in Nancy Spaulding’s Textiles class were tasked with turning gently used clothing from Goodwill® stores into wearable, high fashion pieces to be showcased at the Fashion Arte Show at the Fox Theater in May.

Nancy Spaulding directs her class to show their Goodwill® hauls

Goodwill® provided each student with gift cards to purchase materials to create a unified brand for the show called GoodWow Fashion. Inspired by colors of the desert, 2019 fall fashion trends, and the concept of sustainable fashion, the PCC students will be presenting their GoodWOW collection at the show.

Students will turn piles of clothes like this one into sustainable, wearable fashion garments.

As the “original recycling program,” Goodwill® is thrilled that Tucson’s budding fashion leaders are so inspired to give donated clothes a second life. “This partnership was a natural fit for Goodwill and PCC’s Fashion program – we both are committed to serving our community and encouraging sustainable living,” said Judith Bucasas Simmons, Director of Marketing for Goodwill®. “Upcycling and recycling is fashionable! We want to be a resource for creative projects like this!”

Students begin organizing their Goodwill® clothes by color.

Stay tuned as we post updates on these student projects and their journey to the May fashion show!

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