We'll take whatever excuse we can get to avoid cleaning out our closets -- whether it's that we're too busy, or we just can't bear the shame of having our clothes rejected by a snobby thrift store buyer. But our worn-out duds have to go somewhere, and thankfully, they can still go to good use. Our scrappy old T-shirts become couture at the annual Discarded to Divine fashion show, where local designers transform castoff clothes into haute looks.
The freshly reimagined ensembles are then auctioned off to benefit The Wellness Center, an organization that combats poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence. But when we can't even convince the thrift store to buy our wardrobe, we're not equipped to drop serious cash on a gown, even if it is for charity. Fortunately, we can see the designs as they walk the runway in a free preview at the de Young Museum. If you're lucky enough to be able to add a one-of-a-kind, upcycled outfit to your collection, attend the auction at Gensler the following week. But make sure you snag your ticket soon -- as of press time, there were only 100 left.
The Discarded to Divine fashion show and auction begin Tuesday April 16 at 6 p.m. at Gensler, 2 Harrison St., S.F. Admission is $75, call 552-5561 x306 or visit discardedtodivine2013.eventbrite.com.