May 15

Burlap is the new black!

Yes, burlap took over the runway recently at the ReCONNstruction Center’s very first Funds Through Fashion. I’m not saying that organic cotton is “out,” but clearly recycled drapes, coffee bean sacks and even mini-blinds are “in!” These were just some of the materials used to create these fashion-forward looks and raise funds for this great cause. Deconstruction and reconstruction (over demolition) reduces waste, conserves energy, saves natural resources and creates jobs. But who knew how beautiful repurposed items could be the second time around.

(Apologies for my poor on-location photography.)

First up on the runway, I’ll call this first creation the chaise lounge, as it’s made with outdoor chair webbing that’s seamed and highlighted with electrical tape.

This next piece is 100% burlap coffee bags (and has the aroma to prove it). I hope you can make out the gold-hinge details, the plastic tape, and the “key to my heart” necklace.

Third up, this swinging and swaying colorful dress and hat are exclusively from the pages of InStyle Magazine! The designer told us she used her favorite issue, the one with Beyonce on the cover. Beyonce, if you’re reading this, this one’s clearly for you!

And finally, this Jackie O ensemble is made from repurposed drapes, with a burlap shrug, custom nail necklace, wire box hat and toolbox clutch. Best of all, the entire creation was made by our youngest designer – just 16 years old!

The winner was picked based on design, creativity, choice of materials and fit. Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment with your vote for the best design and let’s see if we pick the same winner as the esteemed panel of judges.

Eat clean, live well… and repurpose!


One Comment

  1. Posted May 16, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    They’re all very cool… I would have to pick the magazine dress as my fav. You might also like to see my slippers that I make from used sweaters and leather clothing (

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