Brisbane’s wrapped up creatives upcycle

What do you get when you give talented designers a handful of used magazines or a ream of recycled copy paper to make outfits? The answer, of course, is haute-couture masterpieces that would not look out of place on any catwalk.

RecreateBNE031When we first heard about the #recreatebne event at the Brisbane Twilight Markets in King George Square we were fascinated to see what some of our favourite designers could do a bit of paper. To see these amazing creations actually come to life on the runway was incredible – the texture, shapes and structure that the designers achieved was fascinating with gowns that you would swear we’re made from much more traditional materials.

George Wu and Brad from Darb were the standouts for us, with stunning gowns that wouldn’t look out of place in their regular collections, displaying their usual exquisite touch of genius. We also enjoyed the I Make You Wear It garment that was made our of excess paper napkins.

The use of colour and tones was also really interesting, with many made from magazines, including BMag, Frankie and Naked magazine.

RecreateBNE037The hosts of the event, Those Two Girls, made it a fun show for attendees and the staging was sophisticated, set against the dramatic backdrop of City Hall. The shows were popular, with standing room only at each, emphasising how fashion events are a major draw card for Brisbane.

This week’s challenge … what outfits can we rustle up out of this weeks junk mail…

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