With a bit of ingenuity and some basic sewing skills, we can create new clothes from old! That’s the theory behind #fashionsalvage, and Love Your Clothes regularly runs events to pass on the skills and inspiration necessary to salvage your own outfits.
Be inspired by some of our past events and follow us on Twitter to hear about any more!
The original… #fashionsalvage in Canning Town
Last November an unusual event took place in a clothes recycling warehouse in east London - the first ever Fashion Salvage!
Hosted by Love Your Clothes and LM Barry, it was an evening of rummaging, trying on, re-styling and fun as fashion bloggers, journalists and others involved in London's fashion world found out just how much clothing gets discarded in the capital every day. Photographer James McCauley was on hand to take shots of all the amazing outfits that people created out of other people's rubbish - while sustainable stylist Emma Slade-Edmondson and upcycling queen Barley Massey helped guests turn discarded items into something really special.
And the winning outfits at the end of the night... Grace and Dan!
Charity Fashion Live and #fashionsalvage
As part of Charity Fashion Live this year, Love Your Clothes and Recycle for London ran Fashion Salvage events in Oxfam stores around London. In the Covent Garden store shoppers were treated to an introduction to second hand textiles from fashion industry pioneer and founder of Fashion Revolution Day, Orsola de Castro, followed by a crochet workshop from London designer and queen of crochet Katie Jones.
In Oxfam's Islington store, things were really busy at the Fabrications upcycling and alterations pop up desk - visitors got stuck in adding something personal to garments they'd bought from Oxfam or brought along with them. Barley Massey was on hand with embellishments galore and a sewing machine to help create something unique, to take up a hem, or for some alterations advice.
And in Westbourne Grove shoppers could swing by for a consultation with stylist and costume designer Illishio Lovejoy. She helped a number of second hand fans put together a look for a special event - or even for going along to a London Fashion Week show!
Elsewhere in the UK…
The Love Your Clothes team have been taking Fashion Salvage on the road - find out here about the fun we had with a tonne of clothes in Brighton!