April 23, 2010

I spotted  the gown below on one of my internet rambles, it’s beautiful and exemplifies how we can recycle to create beauiful fashions. It reminded me of a weekend course I did not so long ago with Re-dress run crafternoon sessions and events to help educate people in the importance of ethical fashion. The crafternoon day that I attended was focused on upcycling older garments of clothing into something more beautiful. It was fun, casual, educational and above all ethical.

TerraCycle commissioned the one-of-a-kind dress, below, from Chicago couture designer Christina Liedtke, who was inspired by both the pop-up shop’s spring theme and Earth Day’s upcoming 40th anniversary.To create the gown, more than 1,800 flowers were individually cut and sewn from 600 peatnut M&M wrappers, a time-consuming process that took over 100 hours of labor. (Five yards of silk charmeuse and silk shantung were used for the lining.)

My Saturday at re-dress didn’t quiet reap such beautiful couture, but one can aspire or at least be inspired by the ethical work  and art that they promote.