TRASH TALK: A mix of undergraduates and eco-fanatics filled the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center in New York last week to hear acting assistant dean Sass Brown discuss her latest book, “Refashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials.” A follow-up to 2010’s “Eco Fashion,” the new installment features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials to “reimagine the idea of luxury fashion.”
In her opening remarks, Brown explained the inspiration behind her latest endeavor. “I write about design as important as ecology because I don’t believe producing more ugly, boring clothing is a sustainable goal,” she said, striking a round of applause from the audience. The bulk of Brown’s presentation focused on highlighting sustainable designers, all of whom are featured in “Refashioned.”
Of the designers featured in the presentation, repurposed materials ranged from the somewhat expected (scraps from the Garment District; off-cuts from Italian mills) to the truly absurd (cow nipples; human hair). “It’s mostly donated hair,” Brown explained.