Clean out your closet and join us for our wardrobe swap on Sunday, March 30, 2008. Held at my home in Redlands. Email me for directions.
Our culture glorifies the new. Trendy garments with built-in obsolescence quickly lose appeal when they appear on the â€œwhatâ€™s notâ€ side of the â€œwhatâ€™s hotâ€ fashion column. So theyâ€™re relegated to the back of the closetâ€¦.stuffed into a bottom drawerâ€¦ and, if theyâ€™re not dumped into the trash, they eventually find their way to thrift and consignment stores where they languish under the humiliation of multiple markdowns and overpopulated racks.
As every savvy recycler knows, treasure often hides between purple power suits and polyester broomstick skirts. And the thrill of finding a mustard dupioni silk blouse or a fine gauge British wool dress makes the sometimes exhaustive searches worthwhile. I am proud to say that I design all of my garments from recycled materials. They begin their lives in other forms. A skirt morphs into a dressâ€¦ a dress is divided among three new dressesâ€¦an undergarment moves outside. I compare this redefining of garments to the joy of an unexpected adoptionâ€¦. the designer dog abandoned by the socialite , then loved dearly by the little boy whose parents finds her at the pound. Under the right conditions, abandoned possessions live a fuller second life.