GARBAGE COUTURE: Chic Clothing Made From Trash

These clothes are the perfect hybrid of homeless, hipster chic and highfalutin couture
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Garbage people have long had a bad rap amongst the world’ s fashionable elite. Dirt and glamor do not run in the same cocktail party circles. Many stylish debutantes have rolled their eyes at Homeless Hannah in her recycled blanket and Doritos bag jacket, as she wheels her garbage cart into the gala.

 “Eew” you may say, “yuck, clothing made from garbage is so disgusting, so disturbing, so inhumane. I would much rather by new clothing made from synthetic materials and child exploitation that damages our national economy, degrades the abundance of planet earth, poisons our environment by its inability to decompose and contributes to the massive mountains of hideous garbage that are suffocating our natural landscape.”

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“Nothing says glamor like generic, factory made creative complacency,” you say swiping your maxed out Visa.

Attitudes like that are so 1950s commercialism. Get real, get hip, make everyone at the community compost heap 'green' with envy with these rubbage ropa options.

Nancy Judd is a genius innovator who uses trash as the material for couture clothing. She doesn’t see landfills as disgusting, but instead she finds dumps ‘ripe’ with inspiration and scavenges for materials to make into wearable works of recycled art.

Her work has been featured at the Smithsonian, the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has done commissions for Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola and Toyota.


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“Tape from police crime scenes across the west, cover a dress made from torn table cloths. This cautionary costume took 50 hours to create and was completed in 2011.”-Nancy Judd’s website


“Cereal boxes painted with recycled paint have been transformed into cascades of ruffles that contain over 5,000 eco-pledges—commitments of actions that people will take to help the environment. The ruffles cover a dress made from parachute scraps. This dramatic dress took 650 hours to create and was completed in 2011.”


“12,000 pieces of recycled crushed glass reflects sustainable elegance.

Crushed glass jars and bottles from the City of Albuquerque recycling program were glued to the gown and second-hand shoes. The 1930s style gown was made from upholstery fabric remnants. This couture fashion took 400 hours to create. Created in 2002.”

For more inspiration on why you should covet garbage couture, check out Nancy Judd’s ‘Recycled Runnway website here


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