It's 1994 and the recycling movement is just now
gaining momentum in the fashion world. Meanwhile, somewhere in St. Louis.........
Recycling with a Sense of Style
St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), November 24, 1994
Becky Homan Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Jim, the designer for Winky & Dutch, makes vests from vintage college pennants.
ISAAC MIZRAHI decorates dresses with big sequins cut from aluminum cans.
Koos van den Akker styles a coat from a collection of old men's neckties.
They're recycling, these designers of fashion.
And New York's Fashion Institute of Technology couldn't be happier.
The institute - Manhattan's, and perhaps the country's, biggest school for training in fashion design and related fields - has launched the exhibit: "Hello Again: Recycling for the Real World."
The exhibit has received good notices, far beyond the boundaries of New York. And it runs through Jan. 7 at the school, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.
"It's a subject I've been very interested in," says the institute's museum director, Dorothy Twining Globus. "And this is a very timely moment to take it on."
Besides the couture items of reworked clothing, there is furniture, sporting equipment, tools, jewelry, stationery and household goods designed and produced from soda bottles, out-of-date maps, melted engine blocks, glass bottles, rubber tires and old computer circuit boards.
And all 350 of the items are done with a certain sense of style.
A nearby reading room, meanwhile, features more information on the works - such as Van den Akker's "coat of memories," made from ties of the father of an institute curator.
Tips on how to recycle these and other things also are available in the reading room.
The exhibit is not without its problems, however, says Globus. "Our bale of aluminum cans was stolen by a scrap dealer," she says of one piece of outdoor sculpture. It was quickly retrieved bysecurity guards.
The exhibit itself may not get recycled. "There are no plans to circulate it," says Globus, although a few institutions have expressed some interest. But the intricate installations makemoving it costly.
HILARIOUS AS IT MAY BE
FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
WINKY&DUTCH CREATED VESTS MADE FROM RECYCLED PENNANTS