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Refashioned, cutting edge clothing from upcycled materials. Part One

The Book Refashioned Cutting-Edge Clothing from upcycled materials by Sass Brown. Image information below on each designer and garment: Paper-Cut-Project, Denham, Juana Díaz, Leo Capote and Trash-Couture. The book Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published by Thames & Hudson 2015. Graphics Kenneth Buddha Jeans


PHOTOGRAPHY INFORMATION DESIGNERS

  • Top right image. Paper-Cut-Project USA (co-founders Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry) has many prestigious collaborations projects (Hermes, V&W Museum London), Marie-Antoinette monumental headpiece with curls and butterflies made as a part of an exclusive for RED Valentino. The book Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published by Thames & Hudson 2015
  • Middle left the image of Denham woman’s jacket. Denham is more than just a jeans maker, most clothes as the woman’s jacket are manufactured in limited edition using Japanese vintage denim and other vintage fabrics. Denham tribute tradition and a majority of the time researching each garment. Denham has its own fabric and garment library. Taking tradition into contemporary. The book Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013
  • Middle-right the image of Juana Díaz an Argentinian textile artist and designer transforms fabric scraps into high-end handcrafted garments. She used fair labour female homeworkers in the manufacturing process. Diaz signature is the use of contrasting topstitching adhere to the fabrics scraps together. The book Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013
  • Leo Capote from Brazil is a master of re-purposing bit of pieces of equipment into fun, utilitarian pieces. Hairdryer desk lamp. The Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. Published by Thames & Hudson 2015
  • Down left the image of Mayer Peace Collection. Jacket made entirely from patch worked and upcycled denim jeans, back-pockets, waistbands and tabs. The Berlin-based label Mayer established 2004 combine fashion and charity with transforming recycled materials. The book Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013
  • Downright the image Trash Couture is a UK based label working mostly with upcycled denim based second-hand fabrics. Inspired by the punk rock scene the late 1970s and early 1980s raw and provocative garments and accessories. The book Refashioned, making cutting edge clothing from upcycled material by Sass Brown. Published by Laurence King Publishing 2013

Refashioned, innovative design in the sustainable era

The first post in the series from Green fashion to Refashioned explain sustainable fashion core basics. The concept of taking second-hand or scrap materials and reconstruct 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.

Refashioned is a terminology used to describe a novel use of upcycled materials and crafting dead stock (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. Refashioned 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 by Laurence King Publishing 2013 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 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 book Refashioned,

Fashion is more than just clothes

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 the 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 (recommended posts The 1970’s Hippies’ Youth Culture And Fashion Lookbooks and The 1970’s Bikers Youth Culture And Fashion Lookbooks)

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 its time (built to last, durable, everlasting and aged well) made it possible for Vintage trends. Levi Strauss & Co. long denim jeans heritage reintroduced old vintage (Levi’s Vintage Clothing 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 the side of pocket) (Source Levi Strauss & Co. Historical timeline infographics buddhajeans.com)

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. Continue reading Refashioned, cutting edge clothing from upcycled materials. Part Two


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