Who is eligible to apply? Designers (and aspiring designers), ages 18+, currently residing in New England, (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI), with less than 5 consecutive years of professional fashion design experience. Everyone from students to self-taught designers to working designers and retirees is enthusiastically encouraged to apply.
What is the challenge? Eight emerging designers are selected to participate in this fast-paced 2-day design challenge. Each designer will design and execute their vision of a New England streetwear look using deadstock fabric and excess materials from New England manufacturers. Prepare yourself for some twists!
Project Upcycle returns in March 2020 with its signature fast-paced sustainable fashion design challenge!
That means it’s time for the annual call to designers. Bring your creativity, skills, and fashion design know-how to the sewing table.
3S Artspace, Recovergirl (moi), and Goodwill Industries of New England seek to promote regional designers and sustainable fashion. If you are ready to meet other inspiring designers and put your design skills to the test, please apply to compete in the Project Upcycle design challenge, transforming secondhand clothing into a gala-worthy outfit!
Anywhoo, prior to the Future Forecast runway show there was time to shop from and meet local designers. I was wandering around the room, taking it all in, and then I saw Season 15 Project Runway contestant — Nathalia Castrillon! She is a sustainable and ethical fashion superstar and you should def follow her. She had a pair of two-tone jeans for sale. I instantly fell in love with them! They weren’t my size but she said she could make a pair for me. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
I might attempt to make a pair for myself on Black Friday but if I epically fail then maybe I’ll reach out to Nathalia to get a custom pair. I could wear them during Project Upcycle!!
In the meantime, I’m collecting inspiration. I’m not loving the store-bought versions as much as the DIY looking ones and I seem to prefer the ones that are actually sewn together rather than just bleached to look two-tone.
I particularly like this technique that B SIDES jeans is using where they add a new side panel seam. This could allow me to make some vintage jeans that I love actually fit!
What do you think? Is it too trendy or is a way to have fun with sustainable style!