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  • The Image Top left-side Anarchy in the U.K t-shirt by Vivienne Westwood, graphics Union Jack by Jamie Reid. The Book by Stephen Colegrave & Chris Sullivan. Published 2001 by Thunder’s Mouth Press
  • The image top middle-side Mick Jones screen-print shirt, photographs used in the artwork for the first Clash and Black-market Clash albums. Photographer Rocco Redondo capturing a riot during the 1976 Nothing Hill Carnival. The Book The Clash by Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon and Joe Strummer. Published 2008 by Atlantic Books
  • The Image top right-side Alan Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Jordan and Vivienne Westwood wearing fetish clubwear. The book Punk a definitive record of a revolution by Stephen Colegrave & Chris Sullivan. Published 2001 by Thunder’s Mouth Press
  • The Image Middle left-side Project double print ad. Title Katharine Hamnett autumn/winter 1984. Photographer Per Lindberg. Stop Acid Rain unisex oversize t-shirt messages. Kathrine used upcoming people and photographers catapulting them forward such as Jürgen Teller and Terry Richardson. The Book Wear Me Fashion Graphics + Graphics Interaction. Editor and project coordinator Liz Farrelly. Published by Booth-Clibborn Editions 1995.
  • The Image Middle right-side Martin Margiela Slogan t-shirt. Project AIDS t-shirt. Title Martin Margiela spring/summer 1995. The Book Wear Me Fashion
  • The Image Down left-side project Press Association photograph. Title designer with a message for Margaret. The year 1984 “50% don’t want Pershing” slogan oversized t-shirt. One of her most successful message t-shirt. The Book Wear Me Fashion
  • The image Down middle-side. Adbuster Magazine Nike Sweatshop ads
  • The image down right-side The Clash Joe Strummer wearing on stages the hand-stencilled “1977” shirt. The song became an early Clash live favourite, The Book The Clash by Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon and Joe Strummer. Published 2008 by Atlantic Books

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Refashioned and the Fashion Revolution Part One

Refashioned is a terminology used to describe a novel use of upcycled materials and crafting deadstock (materials not wanted or usable) of the high-speed society and transforming, stitched, patched into unique hand-made clothes. Refashioned is a philosophical and intellectual avant-garde creation using upcycled materials in a playful way. Each piece constructed, challenging and unique objects that follow no trends, however, creates them. Refashion activism is the opposite of fast fashions mass-manufactured garments that have no meaning other than the look of the day. The fashion activist, writer, and publisher Sass Brown released the brilliant book “Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published in 2013 by Laurence King Publishing” and includes top end designers in the sustainable era. The book is truly inspirational, important and visually playful. In 2012 another book “Remake It Clothes”. The essential guide to resourceful fashion by Henrietta Thompson and illustrations By Neal Whittington was published on Thames &Hudson. It’s a handy practical book with a brief history of dressmaking at home and at the same time presenting many of the ideas covered by Sass Brown in her book Refashioned.

Fashion with a cause

Fashion more than any other industrial object is full of coding and symbols that visually speak the individual opinion and belonging. We wear clothes more than any other product, therefore, they represent meaning, fashion is an extension of the body and our identity. The clothes we wear signal who we are. The 1970s hippies regarded anti-war, peace and love, while the punks recon anti-establishment. The conservatives hated punks as vulgar and revolting, while the younger generation loved it. The 1960s American Bikers such as seen in Peter Fonda’s movie Easy Rider represented the lost freedom, a celebration of the modern cowboy riding up and down the highways, outsiders, and outlaws and rebellious.

Vintage clothing

Vintage clothing has been in trends for a long time covered in various high fashion magazines such as Vogue, in film, publications and books, for example, the brilliant book Rebel Youth by Karl Heinz Weinberger. High-quality manufacturing materials of it time (built to last, durable, everlasting and aged well) made it possible for Vintage trends Levi Strauss Co long denim jeans heritage of reintroduced old vintage (Levi Vintage Clothing in 1996), replicated archive garments with every detail correctly, paper labels, buttons, tabs and heavy weaved selvedge denim. LVC introduced as a concept to retail stores that understood the heritage and the history of the single garment. Distribution and limited numbers of garments sought after by denimheads and increased value of “real vintage jeans (Big E. before 1971, changed from capital letters LEVI’S too small letters Levi’s on the Red Tab, placement back pocket right side, left side of the pocket)

Material overflow in the high-speed society

Lately, designers have expanded into non-conventional materials such as parachutes, military tents, floor mattresses, trucks vinyl, postal sacks, bicycle tubes, rubber ties, patching and piecing them together into individual unique high fashion collections and accessories. Refashioned is the new standard of eco, slow or sustainable fashion. The high-speed society and corporate world steadily innovate and manufactures an overflow of materials that fills every storage room and landfills. The concept of taking used materials and use it for another purpose is not new. Refashioned heritage gives a better understanding of its core meaning. Refashion core is the critics of contemporary waste and throw away culture and visually shows that there are possible to work differently. In the high-speed society, everybody knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Most people purchase blindly because of the look and the latest trends. Regardless without any idea of the ecological cost, chemicals, labour conditions and safety of manufacturing in rural and remote parts of the world.

The concept of used materials and use it for another purpose is not new. Refashioned heritage gives a better understanding of its core meaning. Refashion core is a critic of contemporary waste and throw away culture and visually shows it possible to work differently. The story continues: Part II: Refashioned the cutting edge of design in the sustainable era.


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Sources and useful information

  • Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013.
  • Levi Strauss & Co. Historical timeline infographics https://buddhajeans.com/2013/11/levi-strauss-co-history-timeline/
  • Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published by Thames & Hudson 2015.
  • Remake It Clothes. The essential guide to resourceful fashion by Henrietta Thompson and illustrations by Neal Whittington published 2012 by Thames &Hudson.
  • The1970’sHippies’YouthCultureAndFashionLookbooks https://buddhajeans.com/2013/06/look-books-1970s-the-hippies-culture/
  • The 1970’s Bikers Youth Culture And Fashion Lookbooks

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