Oxfam are hosting a DIY section at their Camden store with the help of fashion stylist to the stars Mrs Jones who has styled the likes of Kyle and The Killers…
She will be running a series of workshops within the store and be on hand to offer customisation tips & tricks. This is an exciting way to re-style and re-use reclaimed materials. Offering such support has the potential to inspire people to be more creative with discarded clothing…
Running parallel to the workshops are DIY tools online and a DIY fashion competition. Visit their website for more information…
Grass Roots was an event organised for postgraduate students from Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon. The two day site specific project was based at Crystal Palace on subjects around being and making.
I attended with Clara from TED and several Chelsea MA students. We organised a fashion workshop called “Closet Confidential”. Our workshop introduced the concept of emotionally durable design to the participants. We then asked each to select a piece of clothing that they were wearing and answer three questions:
1. Where did they acquire it?
2. What do they like about it?
3. How do they care for it?
The workshop was really engaging and I loved hearing every ones fashion stories. Some pieces of clothing were mended, some were found and reclaimed, others represented special memories… Everyone really cared about each item they talked about and would seek ways to “make do and mend” if they had the know how.
The event hosted a whole range of workshops and activities around climate change through being and making. We picked herbs and flowers within Crystal Palace and then brewed our own tea with a little help and guidance from the Tea Bike… The day closed with a chat from a speaker from Climate Camp who talked about lots of different ways to get involved.
I watched Gok’s Fashion Fix again the other evening. I like some of the ideas which the show explored as it presented lots of ways to update and adapt clothing to create new looks. Gok turns to DIY sewing, stitching, nipping and tucking to adjust high street fashion to compete against high end fashion.
The shows format has evolved from the last series with lots of new topics being explored like the “capsule wardrobe concept”. Gok helps style a woman each episode and begins by hanging her complete wardrobe on a washing line. He then interrogates her wardrobe and offers style tips to create the perfect capsule wardrobe – a collection of interchangeable garments selected to mix and match.
This promotes considerate consumption and forces us to question will I wear it? do I need it? does this co-ordinate with everything else in my wardrobe? All of these questions not only promote sustainable consumption but also promote sustainable relationships with our clothing.
Shopping can be a really personal experience and not one complete set of rules can resolve everything as we all have different fashion needs and wants, different budgets and available time. The tips and tricks offered are affordable and require minimal skill and little time therefore I think it will appeal to a larger audience.
The channel 4 website has a great resource section and it is updated weekly with lots of how to’s…
Check out the fashion favours collection, a website dedicated to customising clothing. The virtual wardrobe provides a platform for social exchange encouraging users to upload their creations with the best going to auction on ebay from 2nd Dec for Body & Soul, a charity who are dedicated to helping children, young people and families affected by HIV in the UK. A DIY fashion pack is available to download which has tips and ideas from Ben de Lisi and other designers from Junky Styling to TRAID.