The cutting edge of eco-friendly style
OLD curtains, sheets and junk clothing have been transformed into cutting-edge fashion by school and college students.
The aim of the event, which included Longcroft School, Bishop Burton and East Riding College, was to highlight the mountain of clothing sent from the county to landfill.
Organised by East Riding Council, it culminated in an awards ceremony, held at Bridlington Spa where the students got to show how unwanted items can be creatively recycled.
East Riding College student Liz Shipley, of Brandesburton, was the winner in the 16-plus category after crafting a wedding dress made from a pair of curtains.
The mature student, who is studying a BTEC in fashion and clothing, said: “I was thrilled to win. I designed a spring equinox bridal gown.
“It took quite a while to make, but I was pleased with the finished product.
“I think it’s a great idea to show what can be done with clothes which would otherwise be thrown away.”
Longcroft became the first school to take part in the annual competition.
Pupils in the 14 to 15 years category had to make an outfit from a discarded pair of jeans and T-shirts.
The winner was Hannah Hirst.
Her teacher Elaine Cherington, said: “In the current financial climate, it is a great idea to try to divert clothes away from landfill.
“All the students enjoyed taking part and they used clothes that otherwise would have been thrown away.
“I was impressed with what they made.”
A mountain of clothing, weighing up to 4,000 tonnes, equivalent in weight to more than 3,500 Mini Coopers or nearly four million pairs of jeans, is thrown away across the East Riding every year. Much of this clothing could have been repaired or refashioned.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, who presented the awards said: “They have shown that not only are they into their fashion, but are conscious of the need to reduce the amount of clothing sent to landfill every year from the East Riding.”
The winning entries will be on display in the entrance to the Treasure House, Beverley until Thursday.