Here are three of our current student’s entries into this year’s Discarded to Divine.

Discarded to Divine is a charitable event showcasing the talents of professional and aspiring designers who transform discarded, donated clothing into one-of-a-kind couture creations and exquisite home décor which are auctioned to benefit those overcoming poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.

Some of our students will be at the preview night held on Friday, April 4 from 5:30-8:30 at the de Young Museum.

Summer Hill

Summer combined an old Vogue magazine, some thread, fake pearl and wooden bead necklaces, and a sheet to create this gorgeous dress. The beads on the dress are made of rolled up paper (from the Vogue), beaded in a net pattern based on a an ancient Egyptian dress.  Each diamond shape has a fake pearl bead at the points.
She made the slip under the net dress from an old sheet she found in a second hand shop.


Tatiana Elliston

Tatiana’s ensemble is inspired by abstract landscapes of Georgia O’Keeffe. Fluid organic lines, overlapping layers, and gradient palette of earth colors create an impression of 3-D depth found in O’Keeffe’s abstractions of nature. Her wearable art ensemble took 40+ hours to create from 23 pattern pieces. She used multiple panels of natural linen and cotton and lined them with 100% silk organza for maximum comfort. Th layers are arranged into a sophisticated composition that won’t leave you unnoticed.  While creating her flat pattern for this ensemble, Tatiana used technique from Pattern Magic 2 by Tomoko Nakamichi.


Michelle Paganini

Michelle Paganini made a commitment to herself about three years ago to wear recycled clothing and buy as little “new” retail as possible, and she’s doing well with that goal. She uses her sewing skills to rework or “upcycle” thrift store clothing.  Michelle has been a fan of Discarded to Divine for years and was thrilled to submit her first entry in 2013, a coat, which sold for $300! This year’s design is inspired by her current interest in upcycling men’s dress shirts.


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