By  on April 8, 2008

San Francisco designers and fashion students are celebrating spring by recasting used apparel and fabric into chic cocktail dresses, evening gowns and tuxedos, to be auctioned April 26 to benefit the homeless.

The From Discarded to Divine gala is hosted by the Academy of Art University fashion school and benefits the city's St. Vincent de Paul Society, whose programs include running a large homeless shelter, as well as clothing about 12,000 of San Francisco's working poor.

Participating Bay Area designers include Jessica McClintock, Cari Borja, Sara Shepherd, Colleen Quen, Michael Boris, Nice Collective and Verrieres & Sako, as well as students from the academy, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and City College of San Francisco. The well-attended annual party also isn't missing a green moment, as plates and cutlery will be made of potatoes and vegetable starch.

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