Rachael Reichert Gives Gothic Fashion an Eco Revival (Photos)


Photo: Rachael Reichert

From dabbling in duct tape dresses to dog costumes, Rachael Reichert has already had a diverse career in fashion. But it's her most recent venture that caught my eye: it's an eponymous line of goth meets girly eco-fashion in two classic colors: black and white.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, UK, Reichert makes her one-of-a-kind womenswear by hand in her studio in Ithaca, New York, using organic cotton, hemp silk and vintage and reclaimed fabrics and trims.
Black and White Collection 2010. Photo: Rachael Reichert

From her Black and White collection of 2010, Rachael Reichert transforms classic silhouettes into gothic, black and white creations using sustainable materials, including lace (pictured above) that Reichert hand made using the left over threads at the end of each machine stitch.


Black and White Collection 2010. Photo: Rachael Reichert

Black and White Collection 2010. Photo: Rachael Reichert

Reichert also has a collection of choker necklaces that are made with "found objects from across the world," according to her Etsy shop, including chains, watches, rings, and jewels.


Black and White Collection 2010. Photo: Rachael Reichert

And to top off the look, Reichert has a black and red bolero with tails, made with organic cotton sateen, and hemp silk satin featured on her Etsy shop. It's versatile, too, and has a removable red strap with black buttons, which were found in her grandmother's button jar.

And the main reason we're looking at her collection from 2010 is because she's still working hard to get her label off the ground. She has a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her next collection. If you like what you see pay her a visit at Kickstarter -- or a dollar, or two -- before July 26, 2011 when her fundraising campaign ends.

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