Did you ever think that trash bags could be made into real fashion? Well, I never thought that I would be the one designing and creating them into wearable fashion!
Knoxville, Tennessee has a Fashion Week which consists of fashion shows Tuesday- Saturday, making it a week long segment that introduces many local and upcoming creatives; Hairstylist, makeup artist, jewelry designers, fashion designers, and many more designers- for them to show off their talents in huge fashion shows!
I was asked by my local mentor and celebrity makeup artist Christian McNally if I would like to be the lead hairstylist as well as fashion designer for his segment in the show! Of course I responded saying, “Duh!! Yes, I would love too”. I worked closely with a fellow friend and makeup artist, Heather Rogers to create a runway show the audience and the city of Knoxville, TN would never forget.
We spent many early mornings and late-late nights strategizing how to create a true masterpiece. THEN! DING! We came up with a great idea!! We presented our ideas to McNally…and… He thought it was “cool”. (But that was it. Just “cool”) Not, Blown-away! So, Back to the drawing board we went. McNally then came to Heather and I asking, “What about trash bags?” I replied, “What about them??!!” lol Just knowing he wasn’t serious. But he was. I then knew, that if I was going to have my name attached to this project in any kind of way..in front of hundreds of people, this had to be “EPIC”! Not just “cool”.
After sketching out a few new ideas and taking a trip to Kroger Grocery store- to pick up a few plastic bags. I then had a concept. I then began to created real garments out of trash bags in my living room! From there we did a photo shoot to show pictures via slideshow during the fashion show, and then..it was show time!
March 2nd, 2017 the show went on without a hitch and it really became the talk of the town! McNally, Heather, and I couldn’t have been any happier. And that was the true big break for Minnie Blue Apparel.