Re-fashioned plastic bag

Speaking about the Green Inaugural Ball last night and as everybody was talking about Michelle Obama’s making a fashion statement in her “Jason Wu” gown, this press release about re-fashioned plastic bag into couture dresses caught my eye. I was thinking this type of recycled clothing should be mandatory in any green-type events.

Boutique store EM& Co opened its first art exhibit in 2009 featuring wearable one-of-a kind dress pieces made from recycled plastic shopping bags. The exhibit displayed the works of four Los Angeles artists and designers, Khatia Esartia, Julia Sergeon, Ishi Glinsky, and EM.

“We chose to focus on the crinkly plastic shopping bag that you get at Home Depot and grocery stores. It is such a great medium to work with; very versatile, great texture,” says EM & Co owner, Eveline Morel. “The dresses are very wearable, they’re layered onto a silk slip, have lots of holes, keep you from overheating…to clean them, you can just hose them down, no ironing required.”

Who knows? This could be the next big trend in fashion! EM& Co says the “RE-FASHION: plastic bag” installation is on display between January 15 and February 16 in their LA store.
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3 Responses to Re-fashioned plastic bag

  1. Pradeep 22 January, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Going beyond the veneer, can they be washed and reused, or are they a one-time affair?

    Some low-tech and low-price solutions to reuse plastic bags include using them instead of garbage bags. Essentially this is using them twice. [The plastic from the trash bags ends up in the landfills anyway].

  2. Doris 22 January, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    It’s probably hand-washable as they seem to look very fragile if machine-washed. Dry cleaning might not be a good idea. I hope they use a thin cotton lining though to make the dress more comfortable to wear.

  3. buy wow gold 13 March, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    That’s an amazing design, no one would thought it’s made of plastic material. I think your idea of “I was thinking this type of recycled clothing should be mandatory in any green-type events” should be a must for them to promote it with real involvement.

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