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"Haute Trash" Fashion Show Brings UCM and Community Together to Kick Off Earth Day 365

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WARRENSBURG, Mo. (April 19, 2013)— A fashion show of outfits made entirely out of recycled materials will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22 on Pine Street. The Haute Trash Fashion Show kicks off the University of Central Missouri’s Earth Day 365 celebration, a week filled with sustainable activities.

Prior to the fashion show, at 6 p.m. there will be a live band, art show and snacks provided at discounted prices by local restaurants. The band Luehrman, Shaffer and Check will perform while guests view the art show displayed along the sidewalks featuring pieces of recycled artwork from local students. Throughout the evening, downtown restaurants will offer food at tables set up outside for easy access to guests.

Opening remarks will begin at 6:45 p.m. by UCM Provost and Chief Learning Officer Deborah Curtis and Warrensburg Mayor Don Butterfield.

The University of Central Missouri’s fashion merchandising department acquired many of the outfits appearing in the fashion show from designers in Los Angeles, Calif. Some of the fashion students will be designing their own pieces to be showcased on the runway.

“This is a great opportunity for UCM fashion majors to help produce a fashion show,” said Melissa Abner, UCM fashion merchandising instructor. “Donna Bodenhamer, UCM director of student accounts and loans, and Earth Day 365 committee member, and the ladies from the Haute Trash organization are very good about letting the fashion students help and feel like they have a large contribution to the look and outcome of the show. We also have a growing number of UCM fashion students submitting designs this year.”

This is the first year the fashion show will take place outside. It’s part of an effort to make the Haute Trash Fashion Show and other activities planned for that evening as part of Warrensburg’s community Earth Day celebration.

“We are so excited to have the show outside for the first time this year,” Abner said. “I think it will be a great kickoff to Earth Day 365.”

Not only are members of the fashion merchandising department excited to have the fashion show as an outdoor community event, but many of the downtown business owners are looking forward to it as well.

“I am so glad to have this successful annual event moved to our downtown,” said Julie Turnipseed, executive director of Warrensburg Main Street. “This is great for our community as well as downtown.”

If there is inclement weather, the fashion show will be moved to the Elliott Union Ballroom.

The Haute Trash Fashion Show is part of UCM’s Earth Day 365 celebration April 22-27. Daily events and workshops will give members of the UCM and Warrensburg communities the opportunity to learn more about living a sustainable lifestyle. For more information about Earth Day 365, contact Steven Boone at 660-543-8209. For a full schedule of events, visit Interact with us by using #ChooseRedGoGreen on Twitter @UCMEarthDay365 or like us on Facebook at