Project Title

Reusable Drama

Presenter Hometown

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Major

Apparel Design and Merchandising

Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Amber Chatelain

Mentor Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

Abstract

The purpose of this project originally was to show examples of pleating using any form of paper. Although we could have done a simple pleated skirt, we decided to challenge ourselves and create something that not only could get us a good grade but something that was symbolic as well. We started off with a few ideas for making a dress out of newspaper and I got really inspired by the vintage tudor style ruffs and bustle skirts of the past. I used thread to sew the ruff and bustle and also sewed the chest into a corset style top. We used hot glue to connect the rest of the dress carefully and it was made completely with newspapers from EKU campus and the New York times.

Sustainable fashion is something that is very important to myself and my classmates. The fashion industry is a wonderful and creative field but it is very concerning when it comes to environmental factors. According to the U.S EPA, in “2014, over 16 million tons of textile waste was generated. Of this amount, 2.62 million tons were recycled,3.14 million tons were combusted for energy recovery, and 10.46 million tons were sent to the landfill”. I think it is important to create works with recycled materials to prove that they can be just as beautiful and creative as new works while helping to spread awareness over environmental issues in the fashion world.

Presentation format

Art Exhibit

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Reusable Drama

The purpose of this project originally was to show examples of pleating using any form of paper. Although we could have done a simple pleated skirt, we decided to challenge ourselves and create something that not only could get us a good grade but something that was symbolic as well. We started off with a few ideas for making a dress out of newspaper and I got really inspired by the vintage tudor style ruffs and bustle skirts of the past. I used thread to sew the ruff and bustle and also sewed the chest into a corset style top. We used hot glue to connect the rest of the dress carefully and it was made completely with newspapers from EKU campus and the New York times.

Sustainable fashion is something that is very important to myself and my classmates. The fashion industry is a wonderful and creative field but it is very concerning when it comes to environmental factors. According to the U.S EPA, in “2014, over 16 million tons of textile waste was generated. Of this amount, 2.62 million tons were recycled,3.14 million tons were combusted for energy recovery, and 10.46 million tons were sent to the landfill”. I think it is important to create works with recycled materials to prove that they can be just as beautiful and creative as new works while helping to spread awareness over environmental issues in the fashion world.