Mayhla Howells is taking an environmental message to the catwalk.
The Pt Chevaliar resident has been selected as a finalist in the Southside Arts Festival's Cult Couture Show being held on Saturday.
The Cult Couture Awards encourage designers to push boundaries and create truly unique one-off garments.
Her medium of choice turns trash into treasure by using recyclable materials.
"I'm really passionate about recycling. One trillion plastic bags are made a year and they take 1000 years to break down.
"It's a way to highlight the plight of the planet."
Ms Howells is in her second year of studies at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Mangere.
She recently won first prize in the Franklin Arts Festival in the textile section for her outfit Recycled Ritz.
The avant-garde piece was made from recycled objects, rubbish bags and peacock feathers.
She would like to put on an exhibition next year with all pieces made out of rubbish.
"I want to prove that you can make something that is fashionable and slinky out of trash," Ms Howells says.
She says recycled garments should not be restricted to the runway, and the materials have their advantages.
"You can spill your drink and it wouldn't matter."
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