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…
(Above: dresses by Gary Harvey)
(Faux fur coat made from cassette tape)
(Above: dresses by Nancy Judd at Recycle Runway)
(Above: dresses styled by Hissa Igarashi for Virgine Magazine / photographed by Ryan Yoon)
And here is a dress created by Dumpster Design, worn by me in a recent style post.