Eight students, four bed sheets each and three weeks to repurpose something old into something beautiful. Partnering with LaSalle Colllege, Eco Fashion Week provided a platform for students to stretch their creativity via the Chic Sheets Chic Sheets Challenge in its 12th edition.
Using only 4 recycled bed sheets from the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and fabric dyes, the students managed to create scale-like smocking, multi coloured ombre sleeves, and ruffled perfection. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary participants of this years’ Chic Sheets challenge were asked to create a design centring around the question, “What does Canada mean to you?”
Students drew inspiration from the Canadian landscape, its multi-cultural diversity, Canadian artists, and even Port Alberni, the Salmon Capital of the world. Christa Granneman used clever dyeing and smocking technique to create scales on her dress while classmate, Ryan Li used dyeing skills to his advantage to emulate the midribs of a maple leaf that branches off into veins.
While it’s hard to pick a stand-out creation amount the talented designs a jury comprised of several eco-fashion industry greats, picked Jinju Ha as their winner of a $1000 prize. Drawing inspiration from the aurora borealis, it’s hard to imagine that this stunning backless beauty used to be bed linens.
Student participation is new this year, as last year’s Chic Sheets challenge invited local professional fashion designers to take on the theme of design house Balmain.
Images courtesy of Eco Fashion Week.