Fifties-style prom dresses are sweeping the fashion world . . . but how many are made from recycled blinds?
The savvy Rediscover Fashion team in Ballymun, Dublin, has managed to find a use for everything.
The team of designers and technicians raised the bar on green products and used a foot-and-a-half wide household blind to create a flirty skirt (left) that curvy Peggy from the iconic TV show 'Mad Men' would love, while a bikini (below right) was made from recycled textiles.
Rediscover Fashion, a Ballymun Regeneration initiative, aims to encourage individuals to rediscover the value of waste and create local employment. Everything goes into the mix, from old couch fabric and blinds, to ex-display wedding dresses.
"All the garments in our summer 2011 collection have been redesigned and handmade from donated garments of clothing and textiles, dresses, trousers and skirts in our studio," explained eco-designer Carrie Ann Moran.
The award-winning fashion project, established in 2008, creates a revenue stream from the sale of a 100pc recycled and ethical clothing line.
The not-for-profit company is open for commissions and its designs will hit the catwalk on Thursday, April 21, at the Guinness Storehouse, with Brendan Courtney from 'Off The Rails' presenting the show.
Tickets cost €10 each and are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.