Sky’s the limit when you Upcycle

Think recycling, but not. Upcycling is the newest thing to hit fashion and involves turning a variety of media into a couture piece of which there’s only one, for the artistic and environmentally conscious enjoyment of fashion lovers Australia-wide.

The old adage the sky’s the limit can be taken almost literally with what we experienced last night thanks to the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s underpromoted cultural program.

Beautiful gown by Gwendolynne and Richard Nylon

The delightful Gwendolynne and Richard Nylon’s gown

Upcycling is changing of the way we perceive design and couture to incorporate things from our world the encapsulate four different categories of environmental awareness: the sustainable, the ethical, the environmental and the recycled. By combining these four areas of thinking for the betterment of the earth, designers are encouraged to create their works and one-off pieces using nothing but found items, recycled materials and goods or natural materials.

Naturally this kind of restriction threw open the doors for some mighty interesting pieces on display at The Carlton’s Hasti Bala room at the Upcycling event.

A coming together and collaboration of twelve fashion design artists saw the room filled with obscure and interesting garments and gowns that make a statement on environmental sustainability or the ability for design and fashion lovers to upcycle things they own and turn them into something new, unique and coutured.

Curated by Tara Parsons Ryan, the twelve artists developed numerous pieces that drew attention and contributed to the discourse on the future of fashion and how it all ties-in with sustainability and environmentalism.

Legendary designer Jenny Bannister’s three pieces incorporated bold colouring, unique texture and stunning draping in her three pieces on show, while Melbourne based taxidermy extraordinaire Julia Deville wore her animals like a goddess. Skunk pelt, human bones and bird wings adorned her model’s body and caused some raised eyebrows and cold shivers.

Jenny Bannister’s piece

Across the other side of the room, a collaborative piece by Gwendolynne and renowned milliner Richard Nylon stunned crowds in all its white, floodlit glory. With a climbing white headpiece, accessorised with green vines, foliage and a model who knew how to work the cameras, this piece wowed crowds and won hearts.

Other designers such as Berri Drum, Alice Edgeley, Mila Faranov, ESS Laboratory, Hannah Raisin, Lia. T, Cairssa Taramoeroa and Lyndal Walker also had pieces on display that ignited guest’s imaginations and stirred the cockles of invention for the many design and fashion students from the likes of RMIT and Whitehouse that were bumbling about.

Muchos grazias to the delightful Irish of StyleZilla for her lovely pics of the brilliant pieces on display at Hasti Bala.

2 Responses to “Sky’s the limit when you Upcycle”
  1. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who has been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this issue here on your web page.

  2. Wonderful to see Designers embracing Upcycling more and more over recent years. Nylon and Gwendolynne producing Beautiful pieces as always. Thankyou for sharing!

    Kate Jean xx

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