We’re all guilty of that one pile in the wardrobe where last year’s jeans and worn out tees sit lonely and untouched, collecting dust. Maybe they’re too tight, perhaps they’re too loose, or maybe they were a fast fashion impulse buy with no hope for future wear. Whatever the reason, they deserve a second life.
Inspired by environmental activism in the hopes of eliminating this kind of clothing waste, Kangan fashion students embraced the challenge of beautifying unsalable second-hand Red Cross clothing for their annual Rags To Runway showcase.
With the right pair of scissors and a little imagination, both of which Kangan students have no shortage of, second-hand clothing has limitless potential for new life, and every outfit on the runway illustrated this.
Creations were eccentric, unique and imaginative, from embroidered and ripped to reconstructed denim, in the most elegant way possible. Shirting fabrics were combined with linens and tulles to create sleek transeasonal pieces, and some students took the challenge one step further by converting old rugs into winter coats in a resolved, and fashion-forward manner.
The recent ABC TV series War On Waste drew attention to the fact that Australians are disposing of 6000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, we also sent more than 500000 tonnes of leather and textile waste to landfill in 2010.
Actively addressing this issue and driving the next generation of sustainable Australian fashion designers, Kangan has yet again, impressed.
Written by Stephanie Blatsis.
Photos by PNP Media.
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