The 81 pound problem: Creating fabulous fashion from discarded duds – CTV News

Ross McLaughlin and Sandra Hermiston, CTV Vancouver</span>
Revealed Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:00AM PDT

The common North American throws out about 81 kilos of garments per 12 months.

However that great waste is what sparked the Eco Fashion Week’s signature 81-Pound Problem, which duties fashion designers with crafting collections from pre-cherished garments from Worth Village.

Undertaking Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell was requested to participate on this 12 months’s problem and create one thing fabulous out of a 12 months’s value of discarded clothes.

“I needed to love embrace the previous garments and have the previous garments and simply replace them virtually," defined Biddell.

“You need to minimize it aside from its bones. It is virtually such as you're harvesting."

A kitshy, previous fleece blanket that’s morphed into a cool sweater or a trench coat redesigned into some extensive-legged pants, Biddell is giving new life to previous garments.

"First I'd put a fur sleeve on a jacket, then I took the underside of a coat and sewed the underside as a skirt,” stated Biddell, "Now it is like a cute little mini skirt and a cropped little jacket proper."

From painted boots, to night clothes, to fringed leather-based jackets, the exhibition options 24 appears made from high quality supplies discovered off the racks of Worth Village.

“I suppose that’s why he gained Undertaking Runway,” joked an impressed Steff Boychuck, Worth Village retail gross sales supervisor.

Stylist Ellen Balsevich was a part of the group too, turning plastic dishes and trinkets into this elaborate jewellery.

The assortment is on show on the Museum of Vancouver till April 17. Biddell says he’d additionally like to open a particular fashion part at Worth Village.

"That will be wonderful,” stated Boychuck. “Then clients would are available in and have inspiration once they're purchasing."

Above all, Biddell needs individuals to re-suppose the way in which they purchase and throw away garments.

"I really feel like we hit the 81 pound market and that is lots of garments,” he stated. “So if that is how a lot we're throwing away we now have to cease it. It is sufficient is sufficient proper?"

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