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We had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual Discarded to Divine event at St. Mary’s Cathedral late last month. Not limited to fashion, but also including housewares and textiles, the evening began with a silent auction and culminated with a live runway show featuring garments from select designers. Over $100,000 raised during the evening’s festivities went to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco and its programs for those experiencing poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
Proving once again that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, each design was created using only discarded materials. The cocktail hour and silent auction kicked off the night, and the main fashion show followed. As the models walked the C-shaped runway, the dresses were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The designers added to the drama by taking the stage with the models and making last-minute adjustments to garments. Melissa Panages’ dress made from computer chips and Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer’s dolman-sleeve ombre-dyed coat were the highlights of the show. Hopefully, we can all be inspired to look at the things in our closets in an entirely different way.