The FGI Recycled Fashion Show was a fantastic event that showcased the many talents of students, many of them being first years. Hosted in the LSC Ballroom, the theme was Alice in Wonderland inspired “Through the Looking Glass” which was apparent in the playing cards and colorful décor. The Fashion Group International executive team also took the liberty to dress in characters inspired by the movie. The recycled fashion show is made possible by a design class at here at CSU, Design Fundamentals taught by Diane Sparks; where students must reuse unconventional materials or old clothing to make a garment. The rule is that you cannot use any store bought fabric and the outcome was amazing! Many of the costumes were incredibly well done that even I wanted to wear it. A common category of recycled material was playing cards, glass tiles, newspaper, bottle tops and different forms of plastic.
The first of two newspaper outfits that stood out was a sleeveless trench coat that looked sleek and elegant. The coat was covered with a layer of plastic that gave it a shiny look and could even be worn as a waterproof jacket! Another newspaper garment was a dress that had multiple layers of folded paper that created a flouncy and voluminous look as the model strutted down the runway.
Cards were used many times and one garment that looked great was a dress with a corset made out of playing card and tulle skirt of red and white net fabric. It played very well into the theme of the event and was constructed very well. I also like the fact that the designer used two mediums instead of just playing cards. Another garment that incorporated playing cards that was very unique bubble wrap strapless vintage dress. It resembled a bridesmaid dress or even a short wedding dress and had the playing cards lined around the waist of the model and around the lining of the corset.
Paint splatter and shower curtains are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of a beautiful gown but in this fashion show it proved that anything is possible! This student created a full gown with a white shower curtain and used a variety of different colors to create a paint splatter effect.
Glass objects were used as well to form a mosaic on the garment. A romper with a train had a glass bustier of broken silver CD’s that reflected the light in a rainbow effect as the model walked down the runway. A maxi dress was paired with a top made out of broken glass fragments which also danced in the light as it moved around. A more edgy look was shown with the glass mosaic effect. An all-black outfit with liquid leggings and a top hat because it fanned out at the bottom was strikingly beautiful and looked very complex. Fashion Professor, Carol Engel-Enright, also showcased a garment that she made from recycled materials! Several outfits used other creative elements like bath sponges, handkerchiefs, lights, maps and food packaging. At the end of the show two members of the audience won a CSU sweater for entering a contest on social media. Overall it was a great show and a big well done to the members of the Fashion Group International and all the other designers who created these spectacular designs!
Which one of the pieces from ‘Through the looking Glass’ was your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below!