Recycled Fashion and The Designers: Gary Harvey
Fashion designers, eco-conscious or not, are picking up on this eco-trend, taking a risk and taking vintage couture design to a higher level. Take Gary Harvey for example, he can take a pair of jeans, newspaper, trench coats, army jackets or wedding dresses and turn them into stylish vintage ball-gowns that would make any eco-conscious princess hopeful for a greener and prettier place.
Gary Harvey is the former Creative Director of Levi Strauss and Dockers Europe designer for Levi's. He began designing his environmentally friendly dresses during a freelance fashion campaign. He needed something dramatic for a shoot so he took 42 pairs of Levi's 501's and made them into a dress. He has continued designing eco-fashion since.
His first collection of eco-designs was showcased in February of 2007 at London Fashion Week for Estethica. Estethica "is the hotspot for ethical fashion, where designers will show collections founded on ecological and organic principles."
He doesn't just recycle clothing to make his innovative designs either. The dress above was made with cans, bottle tops and cardboard boxes.
His eco-couture collection was initially created to help raise awareness of the limits of natural resources and to increase appreciation for environmental issues involved in placing unwanted clothing into landfills. His hope was to increase respect for the craftsmanship involved in recycling and upcycling no longer used items. His imaginative and inspiring collection has been featured now in almost every major fashion publication as well as numerous fashion shows and exhibitions. You can see more information about his incredible collection on his website.
What else will Gary Harvey come with in the future? Only Gary Harvey knows, but I would like to see him make a dress out of flip flops, curtains, mini blinds or even carpet.
Originally published December 2007 and updated December 2014.