Sunday, 14 February 2010


Exactly two weeks left until the UCLU Modo Green Fashion Show! 28th February 2010, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, The Hotel Russell, 1 - 8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK. Buy your tickets!

Trash is always an issue in Greenery - two of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle imply dealing with trash one way or another. Fashion is no exception, whether you consider regular trash as potential material, manipulate old clothes, or recycle trends and silhouettes.

A few extraordinary ideas on how to use the surplus plastic bottles. Normally, it's good to buy one and re-fill it with drinking water.

Evian Bottle Dress by Kristen Fahrig

Bottle Dress in Museum of Contemporary Art, Nice, France (photo via John Elmslie)

Down sweater from Patagonia made of recycled bottles

Bottle Dress (glass, cork, water, plastic, leather), 1999, by Cat Chow

flattened bottle cap dress by Danica Olders (Rustik)

Fabric or re-usable bags for shopping; if impossible: paper rather than plastic.. Turns out that so far the plain black trash bag has been the most inspiring as a piece of clothing.

Vivienne Westwood

Dolce & Gabbana

Whitehouse Fashion and Design students:

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton bin liner bag (worth about $2,000)

+ not quite a trash bag:
IKEA bag dress by Adriana Valdez Young

The Art of Recycling and The Throw-Away Habits of The Fashion Industry (A/W 2009) - a show taking place in an arranged junkyard, with broken glass floor and old props piled up in the middle. Hats of stacked umbrellas, plastic wrap, garbage bags, lamps and car parts, and clothes mimicking classic designs (like Dior's New Look) and their reinventions made in the last years, also by McQueen - all to expose the bizarre mechanism of hailing novelty which in fact is just a piece of same old. So subtle, so bold. “This whole situation is such a cliché. The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway [...] There is no longevity” said McQueen. A ten minute silence.

 Hendrik Kerstens Bag, 2007 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008 (2nd Prize) 


 giant bubblewrap cape/coat


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