It’s that time of year again, when Alice audiences are treated to the product of many hours of careful craft and myriad moments of imaginative inspiration, when a piece of wood takes flight as a mythical bird, when an old blanket transforms into an elegant suit. KIERAN FINNANE previews.
A decade on Sustainable Couture – a creative event that’s about changing mindsets – is celebrating its own longevity. To mark the anniversary there's an extended (free) public program, including a story-telling session in the style of the Antiques Roadshow (1 July) an arts trail (8 July).
It’s recycling at its most refined and at times most playful. From heirloom lace, vintage kimonos, linens and silks to old tablecloths, curtains, jumpers, unpicked, cut up, restructured, even boiled to make “fashion statements” from the gorgeous to the outrageous. The name of the process, Sustainable Couture, is also an event and once again it packed out the Aviation Museum last Thursday, the opener of a five-day celebration of textile arts. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Sustainable Couture proved itself again last night, with renewed inspiration from its core group of designers and inspired new designers entering the fray. The group’s commitment is to making wearable garments with flair, using recycled materials. First time exhibitor at the event, Jen Standish-White, wowed the crowd with this elegant trio, her sleek male models getting a particular welcome. KIERAN FINNANE was there.
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Pictured: Hayden, Nathan and Megan modelling; Jen Standish-White at the rear, far left, with MC Meredith Campbell.