. Haute Couture Designers Turn Trash Into Treasure « JO LEE MAGAZINE

Harper’s Bazaar – The most precious thing on earth is, well, earth. While Haute Couture Week might seem like the last place you’d expect to see upcycling, the realities of climate change have made the ultimate luxury environmental awareness. That seemed to be a message of the Fall 2021 haute couture collections, which featured lots of vintage denim and other fabric reuse.

Upcycling, the process of using existing materials for a new purpose, has been percolating through pandemic ready to wear collections as Covid-19 shutdowns forced designers to use deadstock materials they had on hand. They simultaneously became aware of the environmental benefits of doing so. And this week in Paris, the practice of upcycling became de rigueur amongst fashion’s highest echelon too…

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