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My Thoughts on Trashion

I do care about the environment, I do. But as a person, I’m generally much more moved by social sciences than geoscience. At the moment, I’m reading a book called The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J. Davidson, an insightful¬†publication on how our brains are configured, and I could spend hours thinking about the way the brain works, the way people act and what their actions mean. But the wider enquiry of the world, planetary stuff, I feel too disconnected from to ever really care that much about.

Recycling has never been a huge concern of mine. I’ve always opted for whatever’s convenient. Inadvertently, I end up doing my bit for the environment because online billing / banking / ticketing / shopping is a hell of a lot easier when I’m busy on the go. But I have to admit that I’ve never considered it a priority.

Trashion, for me, is an incredible art. I like the fact that it uses raw materials instead of the conventional needle and thread. I love how trashion designers can turn 100 unused surplus magazines into a couture dress and create an entire high fashion catwalk collection without ever having to visit a fabric house. I’m no fool in believing that this sort of fashion design will tackle the problems of global warming in any direct way¬† (do I look like a Class A eejit to you?). But I do think that this sort of work creates an interesting message about the materials we use.

Here are some really inspiring trashion designs. Let me know what you think…

trashion gary harvey

trashion gary harvey

trashion gary harvey

trashion gary harvey

trashion gary harvey

(Above: dresses by Gary Harvey)

 

recycle runway

(Faux fur coat made from cassette tape)

recycle runway

recycle runway

recycle runway

(Above: dresses by Nancy Judd at Recycle Runway)

 

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virgine 2

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(Above: dresses styled by Hissa Igarashi for Virgine Magazine / photographed by Ryan Yoon)

 

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And here is a dress created by Dumpster Design, worn by me in a recent style post.

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