Fashion So Good, It Should be Illegal

And it is.  Everything had to be created from “found, recycled or stolen materials.”One of the costume designers that I had the chance to work with last year, the brilliant Ann-Closs Farley, recently took the idea of “Forbidden Fashion” onto the runway. The following photos and excerpts are from China Shop Mag’s writeup on the event.

“When the lights dimmed for the series of shows, models bearing everything from comic book accessorized suits to dresses made of playing cards and Dixie cups took to the catwalk with ease. The shows were a success, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats and occasionally bringing them to laughter.”

Ann’s inspiration for the event was the idea of a fundraiser Fashion Show for The Bootleg Theater using their offbeat name.

“I thought it would create a sexy line of clothes. I also didn’t want the participating designers to have to spend any money in building these clothes that we would auction off. They so generously were offering their time and talents. So, I added a twist to the fashion construction challenge by asking the designers to make their designs from found, recycled or stolen items. I thought it would give the show this black market feel and create a desire for a “hot property” purchase with our audience.”

She created three tracks for the show and divided the outfits up by the following themes:

1) Track 1: Guilty Pleasure

2) Track 2: Illegal

3) Track 3: Fatal

See more photos from the event below:

French Fashionista Ready to Fire

Shazaam

Comic Book Couture

Alley-oop

Swattin’ Flies, Breakin’ Hearts

Animal Pelts Abound

Dixie Cup Drunk

Great Gobs of Green

52 Card Pin-up

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever worn? Stuff like this makes me want to dig through my closet and create something wild.

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6 thoughts on “Fashion So Good, It Should be Illegal

  1. What a superb and witty idea for a show! I’ve made plastic trash bag gowns for formal events and a few other playful garments, but it’s probably time to go dumpster-diving for some couture again now that I’ve seen this!!
    Kathryn

    • Wonderful that you’ve already played around with the idea of trash bag fashion! I love the idea of repurposing junk into something this clever. Let us know if you happen upon any good finds – maybe enough for a little fashion show of your own!

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