WOW… What a show!

As you’ll know, Wellington is fully glammed up for the World of WearableArt shows that have been on this month. Although the shows have officially finished for this year, it’s not too late for you to enjoy the creative spirit of the show! The store window-dressing competition is on and the winners have been announced, but the store windows are still dressed up in all their finery and are well worth a look. Window maps are available from participating stores.

Also, if the recycled fashion extravaganza has spiked your interest in recycled fashion, or in the WOW  story and art, we have some great books for you!

Syndetics book coverThe World of WearableArt / photography by Craig Potton, Martin de Ruyter, Neil Price.
One of the most interesting cultural phenomena in New Zealand over the past 15 years has been the spectacular success of the World of Wearable Art. This is an annual competition and award show that explores the intersection between fashion and art, through a genre popularly known as wearable art. This unique event has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring a wide range of fashion designers, artists, costume makers and other craft artists from all over the world to participate. The garments are constructed from an extraordinary array of materials – car parts, wood shavings, zips, silk, potato chip packets, seaweed, slices of toast, old telephone parts, paper clips, corrugated iron, gloves, feathers – the list is endless. The book features photographs of the wearable garments from the last 15 years of the World of Wearable Art awards and shows. – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverOff the wall : the World of WearableArt/ photography by Martin de Ruyter, Neil Price, Rohit Chawla and Daniel Rose.World of Wearable Art
“All new photos of garments from the last two shows, as well as new photos of some of the most extraordinary award-winning entries from the last decade”-Cover.

Syndetics book coverDIY fashion / [Selena Francis Bryden].
“DIY Fashion is a cool, quirky, and creative guide to making and customizing your own clothes, bags, and accessories. It contains more than 40 thrifty, sustainable, and stylish projects, none of which require prior skill or a sewing machine. From customized hand-me-downs to elegant evening wear, the book is packed with ideas that the reader can adapt to their own taste.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY style : find fashion you love and do it yourself / Jenni Radosevich.
“Radosevich collects some of her best ideas from the monthly do-it-yourself fashion column she writes for InStyle Magazine noting that “instead of breaking the bank for the trend du jour” readers can “grab some simple supplies and re-create it for less.” Here, the ideas definitely tend to the trendy and cheap, taking inspiration from celebrities on the red carpet or from designers’ Fashion Week. Pink feather earrings, a dress bleached with a chopstick design, and checkered sunglasses are just three of the well-illustrated projects that employ craft and dollar store finds to yield a cute reward. It must be noted, however, that the products as made here are unlikely to hold up for long: ribbon is glued (not sewn) to make a Chanel-style jacket, while a sheer scarf shirt really needs better sewing skills than illustrated to stay together. Radosevich does say that these creations are of-the-moment and require dry cleaning, but just a bit more skill would give them greater staying power and lower cost to maintain. Still, this is a snazzy book with lots of projects for thrifty fashionistas.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverNew dress a day:the ultimate DIY guide to creating fashion dos from thrift-store don’ts.
“GO FROM THRIFT-SHOP CHEAP TO RUNWAY CHIC EACH AND EVERY DAY! Based on her wildly popular blog of the same name, guerrilla seamstress Marisa Lynch shows you how to easily (and affordably!) transform your wardrobe from frumpy to fabulous! With just a snip here and a stitch there, your basement bargains will rival anything in designer collections. Yes, with a little imagination – and DIY tools like needles, thread, and safety pins – you too can update an outdated castoff. Inside you’ll discover how to ace the sewing basics (remember: safety first!), create DIY designer look-alikes, cut Flashdance-inspired sweatshirts, make an old, tired muumuu a smashing must-have, give bridesmaid dresses a second life, dye your way to a vibrant new wardrobe, whip up accessories in seconds and style the same dress seven different ways! Complete with colorful before-and-after photos, fun sidebars, and even a groovy sewing song playlist to get you in the zone, New Dress a Day proves that you don’t need a sewing machine or a big budget to turn unfashionable trash into stylish treasure.” (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY fashionista:40 recycling, upcycling and crafty projects.
“This volume allows you to re-create the most coveted looks and catwalk trends yourself by doing projects that are professional-looking, inexpensive to make and reuse items you already have or can easily source from markets or secondhand stores.”  (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)