Fleur - ecoFAB Trash Couture 2011

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Fleur - ecoFAB Trash Couture 2011

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I was approached by an events scout inquiring if I might be interested in making some sort of accessory for a fashion show after they had seen my paper creations at a local gallery. I said "sure, why not". After a couple of meetings, the accessory turned into a full fledged dress! 'Angelique' was my first dress, I then got inspired to make another one and 'Maho' was born. As I was working on the two with ample time to spare for the due date seemed still far off I was on an incredible creative roll and decided to make yet another dress four days prior to the show and I give you 'Fleur'. 

I was working with a friend going over the logistics of her dress when I noticed this dismantled paper and steel spokes sculpture in her 'art supply' closet and had an instant fashion idea. I confiscated the piece and ran home to make my last design for this show. I had to cut all the steel spokes (really hard work) and bend them all to hook onto the "belt". The wooden beads separating the spokes came from a broken necklace I bought at a garage sale. For the top I took some white shopping bags and fuzed them by ironing several of them together which made the top look like lace. I had been given some discarded foil rolls by a company that recycles their disposables my way. and that became the tall waistband because the shirt was a wee bit short for my model. I had no time to do a fitting. 

The accessories are all made from recycled, up-cycled materials like a hand made Christmas ornament covered in silver payettes, the bracelet is made with scrap yarn and bottle caps, the choker is made from the o rings that come from the same bottles I used the caps from... 

'Fleur' was my most thrilling dress because it felt so effortless to make, as if it made itself. I was just the hands that forged the materials together. This event has been so exciting that my group of friends and I will be returning every year and try, best we can to out doo ourselves. Follow us on www.ecofabtrashcouture.com to see when are the next shows. 

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