Style is ecological integrity

Published April 9, 2021, 6:30 AM

by Jules Vivas

This online trend recreates global couture with a sustainable twist

FASHION WITH A MISSION Wedding Dress of Lady Diana Spencer original next to a recreation by students Andrea Roque and Vilrick Cruz

Change begins with introspection. But for true change to happen, others must act as well. If more of us make an effort toward a goal, we have a better chance to achieve it. All of us need to play an active role in making the world a better place. The young generation is well aware of this. The truth is, there are issues equally as pressing as the current pandemic we are faced with. Among them are our environmental problems.

In the advent of technology and the internet our thoughts, beliefs, and voices reach more people. Students of the Fashion Design and Merchandising program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) School of Design and Arts use the digital space to create a movement called #FDMRECOUTURE.

The advocacy encourages people to give a playful and contemporary approach to headturning haute fashion statements of icons from Audrey Hepburn to Twiggy, from Bianca Jagger to Kim Kardashian and more.

There is a whole new world of possibilities in eco-fashion.

The advocacy seeks to test the resourcefulness and creativity of the youth to recreate iconic getups using day-to-day objects. It serves as a platform for promising student artists to channel their ingenuity by utilizing upcycled and unconventional household finds like latex balloons, outdated glossies, old curtains, discarded fabrics, and applique lace, to name a few, in mimicking and improving celebrated styles.

The trend is also an opportunity for hopeful designers to exemplify their skills, fabric manipulation to the exploration of innovative techniques, with sustainability in mind. Aside from making a statement, the creators of the best designs are granted a project collaboration with Humble Sustainability and awarded a portable machine from Triple K Sewing Machines.