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Photos: Discarded to Divine 2012

On April 26, discarded clothing donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco was transformed into stunning fashions, decorative accessories and exquisite home décor at the annual Discarded to Divine fashion show. Continuing with tradition, this year’s designers were inspired by items in the de Young Museum’s collection, which this year included the popular visiting exhibit, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk.

View Unique Designs at Discarded to Divine's Annual Gala and Auction

View Unique Designs at Discarded to Divine's Annual Gala and Auction

The 7th Annual Discarded to Divine fashion event is upon us! It's the time of year when the savvy, the stylish, and the charitable join forces to benefit those overcoming poverty, homelessness and domestic violence through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. As is tradition, leading and aspiring designers will transform discarded clothes donated to SVDP-SF into wearable works of art and exquisite home decor, which will get snapped in a unique auction.

Discarded to Divine, a Must-Attend for Project Runway Fanatics, Is This Thursday

Discarded to Divine, the annual event where San Francisco designers play Cinderella with discarded clothing and materials and transform them into fabulous creations, happens this Thursday at St. Mary's Cathedral. This is a must-attend event for Project Runway fanatics, not to mention it's for a good cause -- proceeds benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society's mission to battle poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. 

For the past few weeks, we've been highlighting a few of the designers who will be showing this Thursday, asking you to vote on their creations. We're pleased to announce that the winners of the popular vote are Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer, the design duo behind San Francisco label gr.dano.

7 Spring Fashion Shows You Don't Want to Miss

NYC may have fashion week, but we in SF have fashion month. Each Spring, from mid-April to mid-May, a range of annual fashion shows present SF's best emerging talent. From $10,000 student collections, to recycled independent clothing, designers across the city have been sketching, patterning, draping, cutting, sewing, pressing, fitting and refitting like mad - and it all comes down to these seven shows: 

1. San Francisco State University's Runway 2011: EnchantmentThursday April 21, 7pm at the San Francisco Design Center (101 Henry Adams Street), $15-$25.

Jay Nicolas Sario on Touchy-Feely Strangers, Project Runway + Discarded to Divine

Over coffee at Four Barrel just hours before the Project Runway season finale, we found San Francisco’s Jay Nicolas Sario to be both exceedingly down-to-earth as he talked about his time in the reality television spotlight and genuinely upbeat, despite being the last designer cut from the show before the selection of the final trio. These days, the NoPa resident tells us he’s continuing his nine-year run in visual merchandising for Gap while working on his spring 2011 collection, which he hopes to show in the Bay Area next fall, and lending his time to charitable causes such as tomorrow night’s Discarded to Divine fashion event and auction highlighting recycled fashions in support of the St.

Discarded to Divine: Bigger and Better in '10

Each year, we look forward to Discarded to Divine, a very-San Francisco fashion event that pairs creativity and a community-minded twist to raise awareness and much-needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society programs supporting low-income people in need and victims of domestic violence.

And judging by a sneak peek we recently received of the garments, created by both new and established designers using discarded clothing and textiles donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society, the April 26 soiree looks like it will be the event’s biggest and best year yet.

Can’t Miss Fashion Benefit: Discarded to Divine

One of San Francisco’s can’t-miss fashion events of the year takes place tomorrow night in SoMa. In case you’ve been trapped in a dressing room somewhere and haven’t heard the buzz (not likely, we know, but possible), the Discarded to Divine benefit held each year taps fashion designers to create garments from donated clothing and textiles and auctions the finished wearables off to raise much-needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs aiding the poor and homeless. Recycled fashion? Design for a good cause? A chance give Project Runway’s Sweet P props on her copious arm tattoos? It goes without saying that we.are.so.there.

"Project Runway" Alum Sweet P to Show at Discarded to Divine Fashion Fundraiser

I just returned from judging entries for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s “Discarded to Divine” fashion show fundraiser and went through 110 items in less than a couple hours. It’s a dizzying and fun experience taking in the array of women’s eveningwear, accessories, children’s wear and men’s wear ranging from on-trend and wearable to over-the-top Burning Man fabulous.

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