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Get Ready: Discarded to Divine is Coming (Plus, a Sweet Contest)

Cast-offs become couture each spring in San Francisco, thanks to the arrival of Discarded to Divine, an annual fashion showcase of work by established and emerging designers who transform discarded clothing and textiles into one-of-a-kind apparel, accessories and items for the home in support of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco and its programs fighting poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.

While the big night isn't until April 28, Friday's de Young Museum Preview Night brings the first public viewing opp for this year's collection of garments. Even better, it's free.

Both the preview night and the fundraising fashion bash later this month usher in a wider variety of creations made from recycled and repurposed textiles than ever before. While apparel dominates the designer offerings as it has in past years, the 2011 show impresses with an expanded selection of home décor items such as Hansine Goran's Alchemy Triptych of coordinating carpets featuring interlocking black-and-white graphic designs. Among the garments you might want to scope out and bid on during the auction on the 28th are a blue and white strapless number by Wesley Ito, Melissa Panages' ensemble embellished with computer chips, a houndstooth coat by Janice Paredes, Xiang Zang and Yoorium Kim's asymmetrical knit dress with chiffon and fur accents and hand-dyed dolman sleeve coat by gr.dano's Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer.

Tickets, $75 and up.

Below are a few of the creations that have stood out so far to the Discarded by Divine team. We'll be publishing profiles of each of these talented designers next Tuesday. Which look is your favorite? Vote below and we'll reveal the winner on Tuesday, 4/26. The winner will get a half-page feature in a future issue of 7x7 magazine.

1. Hansine Goran
2. Wesley Ito
Photo by Gabriel Harber
3. Melissa Panages
4. Janice Paredes
Photo by Gabriel Harber
5. Xiang Zang and Yoorium Kim
Photo by Gabriel Harber
6. Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer