In Chicago, A Fashion Show Satisfies Our Love for Recycled Textiles (and Our Sweet Tooth, Too) [Photos]
From afar it looks like just another golden hued evening gown but up close it's hundreds of M&M; wrappers--yum! Image courtesy of EarthShare Illinois
We're no strangers to green fashion in Chicago; Designers Vaute Couture, Frei Designs, and Mountains of the Moon are just a few of our favorite green designers that hail from the Windy City. On May 21, environmental and conservation non-profit EarthShare Illinois hosted "Revamped", a fashion show aiming to raise awareness of sustainable lifestyle through the use of sustainable textiles and recycled materials (we read it first on The Style Rookie via my big sis).
One such dress to appear at the show was a one-of-a-kind creation by Chicago designer Christina Liedtke; The M&M; dress was made with 600 wrappers, provided by TerraCycle, cut into 1,800 flowers and individually sewn into a haute couture gown. Click through for more looks--some more wearable than others--from the runway and 3 new green fashion designers to watch out for in 2010.
Sarah Trutter Draws Inspiration (and Materials) from Garment Bags
Recent graduate from the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago, Sarah Trutter designs garments made from plastic garment bags, muslin, and scrap fabric.
Sofia Vintage Transforms Favorite Fabrics from the Past Into Modern EnsemblesSofia Vintage presented vintage looks as well as "Taxi CDC", a "new" collection that uses vintage materials to create modern day apparel.
Dawn Bjork Presents Patchwork Collection, Right on-trend for Fall 2010
Dawn Bjork rummages estate sales, flea markets, and auctions to score old quilts, raw merino wool and more; The result is beautiful, hand-crafted clothing that fits right in with one of fall 2010's top trends: Patchwork.
All photos by Paul Saini; Courtesy of EarthShare Illinois.