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#BagStagePass Thursdays!

It’s almost #GarbageGala time!

Every Thursday leading up to the 4th Annual Garbage Bag Gala, we will help you get to know the 17 designers creating pieces for the show:

Autumn Gay

autumngayWhat initially interested you in fashion design?
I began designing when I was in middle school. I made jewelry for my teachers and puff paint T-shirts for me and my friends.

What inspires you?
Usually I start with a theme or trend and then build my concept around that.

Garbage Bag Gala is all about creating fresh designs out of recycled goods. Tell us how you think sustainable design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to fashion.
I believe that we all should be responsible for our carbon footprint. Being able to recycle material into everyday necessities will help reduce waste and hopefully undo some of the mess we have made.

Homelessness is a consistent issue in St. Louis. What issues inspired you to participate in Garbage Bag Gala to support The Salvation Army?
I believe in paying it forward. I’m blessed with so much and even though I don’t have a lot, whatever I can do to give back, I’m willing to try.

How has this particular task – using all recycled goods, garbage and reclaimed materials – influenced your designs for Garbage Bag Gala?
You really have to think outside the box and play with different materials to see how they fit together.


Alexis Cook

alexiscookWhat initially interested you in fashion design?
I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer since a very young age. I started my first business, Alexis’ Sassy Sandals, at age 13 where I sold sandals that had a new and trendy look. I continued pursuing my dreams by attending Lindenwood University and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. As a top student in my design class, I was recognized with many awards including Most Advanced Student, Best Use of Textiles, Cover Award, and Best Design Workmanship. I have been showcased in many local fashion shows, including Missouri Style Week. My designs have been published in Gazelle STL and featured on many St. Louis news channels. I’m currently the Fashion Design Instructor at Lift for Life Academy

What inspires you?
The AC brand focuses on women’s ready-to-wear and couture. The AC woman exudes a feminine confidence and her look commands, deserving attention. Bright, fun colors always intrigue me during my creative process. Floral or graphic prints and details are hallmarks to the AC brand. I am inspired by designers: Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson, and Giambattista Valli.

Garbage Bag Gala is all about creating fresh designs out of recycled goods. Tell us how you think sustainable design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to fashion.
Fashion has a major impact on everyone, believe it or not. Every day you wake up and choose the type of clothes you would like to wear. Sustainable design impacts the world tremendously. Most people do not think about how exactly their clothes were made or how it may have been a danger to the environment.

Homelessness is a consistent issue in St. Louis. What issues inspired you to participate in Garbage Bag Gala to support The Salvation Army?
The Salvation Army helps people in many ways. It is with pleasure that I am able to be a part of an event to help raise money for the different areas they work with.

How has this particular task – using all recycled goods, garbage and reclaimed materials – influenced your designs for Garbage Bag Gala?
I love the fact that it challenges me to work with different materials. Using recycled materials not only helps the environment, but it makes the designs that much more interesting.

Come back next Thursday for another #BagStagePass! To attend Garbage Bag Gala 2015, click here to purchase tickets.