I have created the entire outfit from pre loved materials. Even all the buttons were salvaged from other items.
The shirt was from a curtain liner and a damaged scarf the trousers were made from the curtains which the liner in the shirt came from the coat and hat were also curtains and the waistcoat is curtains and a saree. These all presented challenges as they had damage and I had to tailor the pattern to make sure to avoid the damaged areas. My thoughts behind it were that "homeless is not hopeless" no one knows what is just around the corner and I wanted to show a gent in all his finery looking his best but it's been made from things that would usually be discarded but would you look at it and see that immediately. I want people to question their thoughts on homelessness and it's issues everyone has a story to tell and you can't judge someone without stopping to ask questions.
Sustainable fashion or me means making use of the things we already have in innovative ways and thinking twice before buying something else. My hope for the future is that we begin to realize that buying cheap isn't always a good economic decision that learning to repair and relive clothes will become normal not a trend. My ethics as a fashion designer is to relove fabric and give it new life. As a vintage student I'm enjoying hopefully bringing a different perspective to my designs.