Discarded to Divine

Two Academy Students Recognized for Textile Designs in this year’s Discarded to Divine

 St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco announced the ‘Best of’ choices for the fourth annual Discarded to Divine charity auction and fashion show.  Bay Area designers and students create home goods, accessories and clothing made from recycled materials. The discarded items used to create these works of art include high-quality materials that have no use in the day-to-day survival of a homeless person, such as upholstery and vintage fabrics, curtains, formal gowns, briefcases, and bridesmaid dresses.

The School of Fashion has been involved with the charity event from the beginning and even put the challenge into the classroom.  Students taking Textile Design classes created everything from chairs to pillows to lamps for this year’s event.  Two such students are Jennifer Filo whose ‘Golden Forest’ handbag was chosen as the Best of Accessories and Zhang Chi Wang whose lamp ‘The Ocean Deep’ was chosen as the Best of Home.

The jury for this selection process included editors, storeowners, and professionals from around the Bay Area.

A preview of this year’s items will be on display at the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, on Friday, April 17th at 5:30 PM and the main event will take place at 888 Brannan Street on Thursday, May 7th with the silent auction beginning at 6:30 PM and the fashion show and live auction at 8:00 PM.

Last year Academy of Art University hosted the event at 601 Brannan Street.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is one of San Francisco’s major human service organizations with programs that help the most fragile people in our community – those suffering from homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and addiction.  The Society’s programs include the largest homeless shelter in Northern California, the largest continuum of battered women’s shelters and services in the city, and one of only two programs in San Francisco that distributes free clothing to the poor.  The St. Vincent de Paul Society feeds, clothes, shelters and helps over 1,000 men, women and children every day.  Founded in 1860, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco serves anyone in need; working to break the cycles of homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence, and helping the neediest in our community begin to rebuild their lives.  To purchase tickets or find more information, please visit www.discardedtodivine.org