The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 9: Wardrobe Surgery

August 10, 2010, 08:00 am  Posted by needlearts

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn than clothing upcycling is now an art form. Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager, the design team behind Junky Styling (the London shop, clothing label, and book) recently held a Wardrobe Surgery event at New York’s Feldman Gallery. So perhaps you’re wondering—what’s Wardrobe Surgery? I’ll show you.

It epitomizes the Junky Styling brand by transforming old clothes into new. Folks were invited to bring unloved garments in to the gallery to be deconstructed and redesigned into something fresh and original. Wardrobe Surgery is the ultimate in recycling, as one gets the thrill of owning something new while feeling warm and fuzzy about keeping a perfectly useable garment from contributing to the mountains of trash we humans create every day. The Wardrobe Surgery event ran during the gallery’s show Resurrectine, which focused on the nature of transformation. (Junky Styling garments were also included in the show). Here’s a cool video of Annika performing a little Wardrobe Surgery on The Victoria and Albert Museum‘s YouTube channel:

Brilliant, as they might say in the UK. Search for “Refashion” on V&A’s channel for a couple more fabulous Surgeries.

My sincere thanks to Marcy Tilton, self-described textile adventuress, whose mention of the Junky Styling event in her newsletter was the inspiration for today’s DeStash Diaries.


2 Responses

    Viebschen says:

    Since the garment is refashioned, what are the rules for labels?

      Valerie says:

      I'm not quite sure what you mean…do you mean whether or not you can recycle a designer garment???

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