Whether we choose to actively participate in trends or not, fashion is a part of our everyday lives and an extension of our personalities, ideas and beliefs. Recently, independent art space Darb 17 18 hosted a recycled fashion workshop to encourage Cairenes to think about fashion in new, creative ways and we’re finally about to see the fruits of that labour. This Saturday, May 29, Darb will bring eight collections made of recycling materials to the runways at their Recycled Fashion Show.
The Recycled Fashion Show is the culmination of three fashion workshops that have recently finished. The three workshops, which were held between April and May 2010, include workshops on recycled fashion design, fashion makeup and fashion photography.
En Vogue refers to the En Vogue Modeling and Finishing Institute, the agency run by Shirly Shalaby and responsible for selecting, casting and coaching the models in the show. Like the designs themselves, the models were selected for their natural beauty, and those that will walk the show's runway have no previous experience. The final product is aimed to reflect the beauty of unpolished, uncalculated art, modeled on natural beauties in 'normal' sizes.
With the help of Spanish artist and fashion designer Ana Maria Seco, sixteen local designers and artists participated in the recycled fashion workshop, and you’ll have to attend the fashion show this Saturday to see what their creative minds have come up with.
What can we expect to see? Well for one thing, some very unusual materials. When we think ‘fashion show,’ the first images that come to mind don’t include pieces of plastic water bottles and paint, but the workshop participants will show off the interesting techniques they’ve learned to transform everyday objects into worthy fashion garments and accessories.
Used boots have been made new and retro with spray paint, and previously solid coloured t-shirts have been painted and embroidered with different kinds of colourful beads and appliqués. Creative use of stencils and tie-dye will also be on the runway this Saturday.
It is especially extraordinary what these amateur fashion designers have done with a plastic water bottle. One designer cut up flat pieces of a water bottle and sewed them across a blank tank top for an elegant evening look. Similar plastic pieces were melted flat with a candle, and then used to decorate earrings. The bottoms of water bottles were also fashioned into flower shapes to decorate a plain black clutch.
The Fashion Makeup Workshop’s participants have been instructed by Armani make-up artist Adolfo Martin Quesada, and they will apply the runway models’ makeup for the evening. The Fashion Photography Workshop's participants will take photographs throughout the course of the fashion show and will present their images in an outdoor exhibition; showing skills they have learned under the tutelage of Spanish artist group Roma.
The fashion show takes place on the same night as the opening of Darb’s new exhibition Uncovered, which will examine how fashion, society, culture, politics and religion engage with one another. Uncovered is the collaborative work of ten artists, of which five are from Spain and five from Egypt .
The exhibition starts at 7PM and the Recycled Fashion Show starts at 9PM on Saturday. The fashion show will take place in Darb’s outside space. Both events are free of charge.