A clothing sale that started out of a Claremont garage almost 60 years ago will return to the Showground this weekend to continue to promote pre-loved fashion.
To be held this Sunday, May 15, the Bindaring Clothing Sale is a one-day event where fashion fanatics alike can purchase pre-loved clothing that has been reused, recycled or upcycled.
In an additional effort to promote the beauty of upcycled products, eight fashion diploma students from Bentley’s South Metropolitan TAFE will showcase their creations made from at least 80 per cent discarded clothing items.
Tasked with the challenge of being creative with ‘throwaway’ fashion, where clothing is viewed as disposable after only a number of wears, Applied Fashion Design students selected discarded garments and fabrics and repurposed them to the theme of ‘mapping’.
Fashion diploma student Catherine Pullella, 17, who lives in City Beach, took inspiration from her family’s migration from Sicily to Australia for her garment ‘A Culture Embraced’.
She said growing up, her family had always been “the most important thing” in her life.
“I remember last year my Italian tutor Enza said to me, ‘Catherine, you are who you are because of your Italian culture’,” Ms Pullella said.
“So in my garment I used items including recycled beads and thread to help create the Prickly Pear, which is synonymous with Sicily, and Trinacria, which is the face on the Sicilian Flag symbolising fertility and prosperity of the region that can be seen on the top.
“To follow the theme of mapping, I used actual maps of the old Claremont Teachers College from 1969 for the sleeves, which I embroidered swirls on to.”
Taking inspiration from the “beauty” of sailing ships from the 1600s, Fashion Diploma student Gigi Raphael used a variety of techniques and upcycled items for her garment ‘Shipwrecked’.
“I’ve always been interested in what had happened to these ships that didn’t make their destination and how nature would take its course on them if they become shipwrecked,” Ms Raphael said.
“The sleeves represent the sails of these ships, which I hand-painted coffee on to, and then for the wrap skirt I used cushion stuffing glued into balls to represent coral or some other element of the sea.
“I wanted the garment to look textual, and something you could touch and see up close that it is beautiful, but also a decaying object.
“I’m so proud of what I achieved with it and it was definitely worth smelling like coffee for days.”
With all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross, the Bindaring Clothing Sale to date has raised in excess of $2.4 million, which has helped the charity fund community services in Western Australia.
The event is instrumental in ensuring the eight tonnes of donations received annually does not end up in landfill.
Both Ms Pullella and Ms Raphael shared the importance of the Bindaring Clothing Sale, agreeing the event acted as an encouragement for people to invest in recycled clothes.
“We’re living in such a fast-paced society and it just keeps getting faster; this is about encouraging people to opt for op shop and vintage fashion options instead of choosing the fast route,” Ms Raphael said.
“Just like our pieces for Bindaring, op shop clothes have such a unique story behind them; it’s special to look at an item and think, ‘where did this come from, who wore this before me?’.”
Ms Pullella added: “Bindaring’s objective is to really encourage the originality and creativeness in upcycled clothing so I hope our garments can give some inspiration and show people that they don’t need to purchase ‘fast fashion’ items.”
Fashion Diploma students Marie Claire Foley and Zoe Walker will also have their garments on display at the event.
While Ms Foley’s work ‘Fractured Earth’ is inspired by the mapped contours of the earth, using corded piping through fabric to symbolise earthquake-like fracture splits, Ms Walker’s garment ‘Cyclone Wash Up’ incorporates frayed fishing line and embroidered thread to symbolise synoptic charts that represent weather fronts moving across the land.
The Bindaring Clothing Sale will be held in the Robinson Pavilion at the Claremont Showground from 9am to 3pm.
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