Opera Carolina’s environmental awareness initiative, Opera Recycles, recently showed eight recycled fashions during Paris Fashion Week on March 4.

Opera Recycles has previously shown at New York Fashion Week, but this year marks their first international invitation to show.

Presenting the work of six local designers Opera Carolina showcased the talent of Charlotte while promoting the importance of environmental conservation. The six Charlotte designers are Lyndsee Hairston, Malou Tabada Cordery, Sarah Danee, Itala Flores, Rocio Llusca and Edelweiss De Guzman.

Opera Recycles Opera Recycles is an organization that promotes environmental awareness by creating couture fashion using its recycled printed materials. In the four years since it launched, more than 36,000 pieces of marketing materials have been converted into fashion pieces. This program is a part of Opera Carolina’s initiative to encourage sustainability efforts amongst the community. No other for-profit company or non-profit organization uses its printed material to create couture fashion, making Opera Carolina unique in the Carolinas. 

Designer Name: Sarah Danee McGee
Instagram: @sarah_danee
Photography Credit: Oxford Fashion Studio
Designer Name: Edelweiss De Guzman
Instagram: @edelweiss_de_guzman_art
Photography Credit: Oxford Fashion Studio
Designer Name: Malou Cordery
Instagram: @maloutcord
Photography Credit: Oxford Fashion Studio


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Designer Name: Sarah Danee McGee
Instagram: @sarah_danee
Photography Credit: Oxford Fashion Studio

Designer Name: Rocio Llusca
Instagram: @rocio.llusca
Photography Credit: Oxford Fashion Studio
Designer Name: Lyndsee Hairston
Instagram: @lyndsee_hairston
Photography Credit: Pretty Simple Images
Designer Name: Itala Flores
Instagram: @italaflores
Photography Credit: Oxford Fashion Studio
Designer Name: Edelweiss De Guzman
Instagram: @edelweiss_de_guzman_art
Photography Credit: Pretty Simple Images