Coming up this Thursday is a budding San Francisco fashion institution, Discarded to Divine. Now in its sixth year, “D2D” gathers Bay Area designers and design students to test how creative and resourceful they can be – And I’m not just saying “test how creative and resourceful blah blah” because I have writers’ block. Check out the gown below – Alexander McQueen Spring 2010, anyone? This interpretation is made out of the stuff you threw out last season:
It all started when Sally Rosen of the St. Vincent de Paul Society was faced with loads of unusable donated items. Rosen saw that one pile of “trash” could turn into one pile of “treasure,” and handed the materials to a crop of creative minds from the Bay Area. Wouldn’t be surprised if Rosen caught an episode of Project Runway (or any sort of DIY, rags-to-riches competition for that matter) and felt inspiration. In fact, past D2D designers include Christopher Collins, Jay Sario, and Sweet P (who is participating this year, too!).
These once-discarded pieces became the bases for gowns, accessories, and even home decor items that are auctioned off to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. As one who has attended similarly modeled charity events that were well intentioned, but unfortunately poorly executed, I am truly anxious to see the resulting designs up close. This year the designers’ creations were inspired by artwork within San Francisco’s own de Young Museum. Perusing through past galleries already had me really impressed, and preview images show a deep understanding of apparel construction and composition. In other words, this event actually seems legit. This is no old pair o’ jeans reincarted as a Beadazzled handbag, this is properly upcycled high fashion.
Two designs that have particularly caught my attention are Mary Hall Patton’s “Baile de Oro” and Wesley Ito’s tablecloth dress. (Yes, “tablecloth dress.”) Via SF Indie Fashion, photos by Gabriel Harber.
Mary Hall Patron, Backstitch Embroidery
Looking forward to seeing all the craftspersonship in person. Tickets are available until the end of the 26th, which is Tuesday, which is soon! If you aren’t able to secure a ticket through Eventbrite, they may be purchased at the door.
Discarded to Divine – http://www.discardedtodivine.org
Tickets available on Eventbrite
Thursday April 28, 2011
6:00 pm VIP Preview Reception & Silent Auction
6:30 pm General Reception
8:00 pm Live Auction & Show
The Hall at St. Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA