I never was a fan of garbage bag couture but these I love. Conceived by fashion designer and creative director Gary Harvey, this collection set out to prove that recycled clothing can be beautiful, innovative, and enchanting. The couture-inspired collection, which was shown at London Fashion Week back in 2007, features gowns made entirely from recycled materials: 42 pairs of Levi’s 501s, 37 black tees, 30 copies of the Financial Times, 28 camouflage army jackets, 26 nylon baseball jackets, 21 laundry bags, 18 trench coats, ten pre-owned wedding dresses, and seven Hawaiian shirts — to be exact. It seems that the original colors, textures and shapes of the reclaimed materials did much to inspire the silhouette of the final pieces themselves.
A billowy, crinkly confection of a skirt is made from 30 paper issues of the Financial Times. Perfectly newsworthy and recyclable.
BASEBALL PUFFBALL DRESS
Pouf gets a tomboy twist thanks to the fabrication of 26 nylon baseball jackets into this bubble-inspired little number.
The transformation of 37 army jackets into a shapely fishtail gown may not bring about world peace, but it does take steps towards saving the planet.
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