"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." —Coco Chanel

At Britannica we celebrated our annual creative fashion show this week. Students across the year groups in school and at home designed clothes that promoted the idea of waste reduction and sustainability. Our models graced the runway wearing outfits made from items many people would normally throw in the rubbish. Plastic waste and litter, however, there was a spin to the show with a focus on upcycling as well as recycling. Students collaborated to put on a trendsetting Trashion show using only materials in inventive ways that could easily be seen on the runways of Milan and Paris.

All the products we’ve used in designing these trashion outfits weren’t easy and the students worked well in pairs and groups to prepare for the event. The creative classroom encourages group work and introduces more unpredictability in teaching, since groups may approach tasks and solve problems in novel, interesting ways. Taking risks and making mistakes is essential in the thinking classroom.

A big thank you to all the parents who participated for the adult’s art classes and at home who helped to put together some incredible and inventive clothes. The trashion show event would not have been possible without the support and busy creative hands and minds of the parents. You made the event a spectacular carnival of patterns, textures and inventive upcycling.

Well done everyone, we are looking forward to next years event!