Photos and writing by Colleen Tsoukalas
Evan's Biddell's remarkable collection of 81 pounds of repurposed fashion is truly a stunning visual example of why and how clothing can have a long, purposeful life, instead of a short, destructive one, filling landfills and killing oceans. This collection debuted at Eco Fashion Week, Toronto, this season, and is now at the Museum of Vancouver until April 17th. On the way there, I was thinking about design, pattern and color, all of which I knew I would see in Evan's work. The museum's spectacular setting is perfect; how much of this will remain if every person continues to toss 81 pounds of textiles every year?
I loved the way leather jackets and coats were refashioned and paired in such unique combinations. Fabulous earrings and painted shoes reminded me so much of the 60's, a dynamic and revolutionary era of fashion that I would be thrilled to wear today. Is this collection for sale? I really want that record purse. Oh, and I also covet that little jacket with the sculpted hem and the red plaid coat skirt with it.
The 81 pound challenge is always such a power reminder not to discard what can be beautifully recreated and reused. Thanks to Evan Biddell and to Value Village and yes, Eco Fashion Week, for leading the way.
Here's Dianna D. partnering up with this look, wearing her own, one of a kind,
high collared jacket and skirt, saved from the landfill by her and
My Sister's Closet Thrift Boutique at Semour and Helmckken.