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  • The Image Top left-side the new Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published 2015 by Thames & Hudson

  • Image top middle-side Refashioned. Cutting edge clothing from upcycled materials by Sass Brown. Published2013 by Laurence King Publishing

  • The Image top right-side Papercut project USA

  • The Image Middle left-side Denham denim

  • The Image Middle right-side Juana Diaz Argentina

  • The Image Down left-side Leo Capote Brazil

  • The Image Down middle side Mayer Peace Collection Berlin

  • The image down right-side Trashed Couture London UK

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
a 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 on 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.

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