PROJECT RUNWAY USES REAL REFUSE FOR ONCE

The winning design. Kelly Dempsey creates this textured dress with small pieces of metal ducting.

Kelly Dempsey creates this textured dress with cut pieces of metal ducting.

Ashley Tipton plays with Polaroids.

Ashley Tipton plays with Polaroids.

Project Runway is known for it’s unconventional challenge. Each season, on at least one episode, show designers run to retrieve something unfabric-like, sponsored by some corporation or another. Although unconventional, the objects are new material that is re-envisioned into fashion. Designers use base fabric and hot glue to construct something unique. However amazing, this is not Trash Fashion. (Read our last post “Organic Matter isn’t Rubbish”).

This season, episode 7, used real refuse for once! “The designers go dumpster diving for recycled electronics in order to merge the worlds of fashion and technology.” Although they still use muslin (new material – not allowed in Rubbish Renewed) for base fabric and many use hot glue to assemble the garment, the concept hits the mark. See how these designers manipulate materials, using the innate qualities to push the fashion forward!

How will you stretch your use of materials this season?

Edmond Newton & Candice Cuoco use keyboard keys, wire, and mouse pads.

Edmond Newton & Candice Cuoco use keyboard keys, wire, and mouse pads.

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