Many people are familiar with recycling clothes but most people are not as familiar with up-cycling. In fashion, it's a way of re-purposing objects by taking the original product and giving it a completely new function. It's fashion's way of re-introducing materials to the world. Using an endless variety of elements from vintage clothes to garbage, people craft dresses and outfits that glitter and amaze. By taking the older materials that are often not capable of being worn as clothes at all or because of damage or over-use, fashion designers can create something entirely new and stunning.
To read and see more about Nicholas Ruiz' bow-ties:
Emily Steel and her innovative Little Slide Dress:
Ryan Jude Novelline and his stunning fairy tale couture:
Grace DuVall and her woven masterpiece:
Don Pezzano and his painting inspired fashion:
Up-cycling fashion is becoming a trend that is really set, not by major brands or corporations, but by the inspired designer crafting and for the love of creation. Recycling material and re-inventing it is a wonderful way to reduce the impact that we leave on this world and the beauty that results from these genius designers showcases the endless possibilities found in green fashion. Even if we stare with our mouths open at their artistry and skill we feel a bit inspired by their ingenuity. Maybe enough to pick up a craft or two and wear it with pride, knowing that we too, are able to help save our environment and look amazing while doing it.