A bridal gown from a tablecloth, a party dress from a curtain, a coat from a blanket. And how? Raid the op shops, then recycle, deconstruct, reconstruct, embellish. Sewing skills are a must; tacking is advised. Above all, have an eye for design, for the possibilities.
They call it "sustainable couture" and last night was its fourth showing in Alice Springs. Well-known names were joined by first-timer Jane Lloyd, who has recently found the time to resurrect the sewing skills taught by her mother when they lived in Darwin in the days before TV.
There's a camaraderie between the designers, all of them women. So much so that Nicky Schonkala, known for the clean lines of her designs, feels that her style is "morphing" into Carmel Ryan's – more complex and decorative. – Story and photos by KIERAN FINNANE
Pictured: Aviator's outfit with a difference, designed by Nicky Schonkala, modeled by Madly Bodin.