Savannah Arts Academy students and faculty will wrap up a semester's worth of work with this weekend's annual Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show.
The 11th annual event kicked off Thursday, with two more shows planned for tonight and Saturday night. Though tickets to these highly anticipated runway events sell out early every year, the school will be livestreaming tonight's show online starting at 7 p.m.
Junk 2 Funk Fashion Director Meghan Scoggins, a visual arts teacher at Savannah Arts, said the theme is announced on the first day of school and then students get to work on their garments, all made from upcycled materials. Following the theme of "Flourish," plant life formed the basis for this year's creations.
"We get busy with diving into the research and getting sketches drawn out," Scoggins said, adding that students looked at the project both artistically and scientifically. Elements of art such as shape, line, color and texture focused on the significant elements of the chosen plants in relation to the garments, she said.
Trellis Payne is artistic director for Junk 2 Funk and a visual arts teacher at Savannah Arts. She and Scoggins are the co-founders of the fashion show.
"There's a lot of hands on deck," Payne said of the whole-school effort, which involves student designers and models, as well as set design, videography and more by students.
"It's like the state championships," she said, adding that some of the designs will live on in upcoming window displays at downtown businesses.
"They're working beyond a canvas, beyond a three-dimensional bust, to something that takes the stage in front of a crowd and then lives on beyond that," Payne said. "So the experience that they get from paper to product to life and beyond — it's priceless."