Friday, August 24, 2007

Now that's some recycled fashion!

I'm no fashionista - not by any means. Half of my wardrobe is from Target, after all. But I have to admit, I'm a huge fan of Bravo's Project Runway. For one, the designers and judges can be ridiculously catty - which is a hoot to watch. But more important, I enjoy watching how the contestants pull together garments (or not pull together garments, in some cases) in a short time-frame with often the strangest of material supplies. Plus, I just love me some Tim Gunn.
Along those lines, one of my favorite episodes was the recycling challenge from Season 3. The designers literally had to dig around at a Newark-based Waste Management facility to find recycled materials (think newspapers, bottles, cans) and then create a runway garment out of them. Holy Awesome Episode, Batman!
Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw this dress on-line. TVgasm, a Web site dedicated to recapping television shows, hosted a challenge last year - with the grand prize being a trip to the Project Runway Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the recycling challenge, the TVgasm contest winner (simply named OD-TV) crafted a dress out of garbage bags and hundreds of empty Splenda packets.
No 'auf wiedersehen moment' for this "sweet" designer.

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