Monday, April 24, 2017

From Rags to Radical by Evan Biddell in Vancouver

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Photos and writing by Dianna Drahanchuk

Evan Biddell Designs Unique Looks from clothes destined for the landfill. His collection created for Eco Fashion Week 2017 in Toronto, also came to EFW Vancouver and is at The Museum of Vancouver until April 17th. Here is my perspective, Colleen's to follow.

Evan Biddell's self-taught talent is especially remarkable in the 81 pound challenge collection he designed for Toronto’s first ever Eco Fashion Week held in March 2017. The collection later traveled to the Museum of Vancouver where Colleen and I got to see about 20 mannequins dressed in 81 pounds of Value Village castoffs up close. Many coats were refashioned into colorful pants and tops. Evan cuts the ruffled and leather strip details adorning many of the pieces freehand, without a guide or template! The pieces were accessorized with hand painted boots, melted plastic jewelry disc earrings, necklaces, and bolo ties.

Evan has a great idea for creating original one-of-a-kind pieces using products from Value Village stores and selling these in-store. The aim is to entice people who normally would not visit a Value Village, encourage them to purchase recycled goods and to their recycle clothing and textiles rather than tossing these items into the landfill. We wish him luck because we would definitely go out of our way to see that!





Colleen Tsoukalas

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