I recently attended Manchester’s third Upcycled Fashion Show, organised by Recycle for Greater Manchester. It was a lively affair in a fab venue, attended by more than 200 people.
I wasn’t sure what to expect and was slightly concerned that it might be a little “preachy” but I couldn’t have been further from the truth! The place had a real buzz about it and there were lots of interesting stalls selling vintage clothes and jewellery.
I managed to get on the FROW to experience this weird and wonderful fashion show. It was a truly inspiring evening and definitely made me think about the amount of “stuff” I throw away on a daily basis.
Some of the designers on the catwalk were Zolibeau, Mia and Adnan Bayyat. Also taking part was Dress for Success. You may have read about them on my blog previously. Dress for Success is a fab charity that helps women to get back into employment by helping them prepare for their interview. They can come along to the boutique and have a session with a Personal Stylist. They leave with a full outfit for their interview. They rely heavily on clothing donations from individuals and large companies, so if you are having a clear out, please do contact them!
Here are some of the outfits from the catwalk:
This truly stunning creation was from Adnan Bayyat, made from 40,00 paper clips.
The local designer had this to say:
“I was thrilled to be asked to participate in Recycle for Greater Manchester’s upcycled fashion show. The paper clip dress ‘Attachment’ that I designed really highlights that what someone may see as rubbish can actually be a fantastic resource for fashion. Conjuring concepts and creations cut from a ‘Greener’ cloth is definitely something I am proud to share.”
However, my personal favourite outfit was this amazing wedding dress made of newspaper by Tracey Cliff from Love me Again.
Greater Manchester purchases 90,000 tonnes of new clothing a year and throws away 59,000 tonnes to make room for our new purchases. The show did an excellent job of showing us what we can do with old clothes and waste. A real eye opener!