2024 Recycled Runway

Recycled Runway Showcases Sustainable Fashion in McLaren Vale

This Saturday, May 25th, McLaren Vale came together to celebrate creativity, sustainability, and local talent at the highly anticipated Recycled Runway event held at Wirra Wirra Wines. The first of its kind in our region was brought together by She Sews, McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association and the City of Onkaparinga Council. The event, which featured innovative fashion designs made from preloved clothing, sold out in days and was a resounding success, highlighting our region’s collective commitment to environmental consciousness and artistic expression.

We really want to thank Wirra Wirra for their incredible generosity, support and giving us such an incredible venue for our first event!

From Scraps to Style

Recycled Runway brought together local designers, businesses, community members, and fashion enthusiasts in a stunning display of sustainable fashion. Participants were challenged to create unique outfits from five pre-loved and donated clothes. The designs showcased their ingenuity and dedication to reducing waste.

Community Spirit and Creativity

The evening was more than just a fashion show; it was a celebration of community spirit and collective creativity. Local businesses, designers, and residents came together to support the event, demonstrating McLaren Vale’s strong sense of community and shared commitment to environmental sustainability.

Spotlight: Sandra Sharp and Jessie Jones

Sandra Sharp was initially nervous to walk the catwalk at the inaugural Recycled Runway, but her desire to encourage her granddaughter, Jessie Jones, to work on their entries together overcame her fears. Sandra, who taught Jessie to sew, has helped her create her own formal gown and outfits inspired by Taylor Swift.

Sandra and her husband Trevor were original members of the MVBTA in 1991 and have been dedicated members ever since. We were thrilled to see Sandra and Jessie participating in the event.

All ages, all sewing skills, and a whole lot of community love.DSP 0697 scaled e1717409648253 | McLaren Vale Business Association

Award Winners and Highlights

The event featured several awards, including two $200 cash prizes for outstanding designs, a People’s Choice Award with a $100 voucher, and three $100 cash prizes for notable entries. The judging panel, which included local fashion icons and sustainability advocates, had the challenging task of selecting the winners from a pool of exceptionally talented participants.

Student Winner: A draw –  Su Merget and Adelle Parkinson-Need
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Student Winner – Su Merget’s Design – Deb Saunders Photography
One of the Youth Winners Adelle Parkinson Need scaled | McLaren Vale Business Association
Student Winner – Adelle Parkinson-Need – Deb Saunders Photography
Open Winner: Laura Day
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Open Winner – Laura Day’s design – Deb Saunders Photography

People’s Choice: Renee Haskett
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Peoples Choice Winner – Renee Haskett – Deb Saunders Photography

“Bringing Recycled Runway to the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association was an inspiration for me. As the owner of She Sews, I saw the potential to encourage more repurposing and upcycling within our community,” said Megan Caldersmith, the creator of Recycled Runway McLaren Vale.

“There is so much waste in the fashion industry yet so much creativity within our community so I decided to find a way to marry them together. I’m delighted to be able to create, as well as sponsor, Recycled Runway McLaren Vale and look forward to it growing each year.”

Creator of Recycled Runway Megan Caldersmith of She Sews scaled | McLaren Vale Business Association
Megan Caldersmith – Deb Saunders Photography
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