May 18, 2010

revamped

Fellow Chicagoans, I would like your attention please!
And if this photo of a dress MADE OUT OF M&M WRAPPERS doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will.
Yellow Peanut M&M Dress
This Friday, EarthShare is hosting an event about eco-friendly fashion. EarthShare is my green non-profit organization of choice because it raises funds through workplaces and distributes them between 60 more green non-profit organizations, locally, nationally, and internationally. That's sort of cheating though, because that's like saying 60 organizations are my favorite. But whatever! Not important! This thing is happening Friday! And the non-profit part should tell you that I'm not getting paid to write this -- I want people to know about it, dammit!
revamped
At the L2 event I attended and took part in last Friday, Erin Schrode's talk about her project, Teens Turning Green, was especially inspiring. She pointed out that eventually, sustainable clothes shouldn't be special or exclusive or expensive, they should be the norm. Ashamedly, I can't claim to be demonstrating this too well, other than that most of the clothes I buy are from thrift stores or yard sales. Anyway, this show will be a slightly nuttier, less everyday version of that idea, with clothes made out of things like the above M&M wrappers and plenty other weird things that are probably crazy detailed and cool to see in person. And, y'know, Chicago isn't really a fashion city, like, at ALL, so I always like learning about the designers here, especially when dresses made out of cardboard are thrown into the mix. I won't be there but can't wait to see photos. If you end up going, email me. I want to hear all about it!

111 comments:

TheEverDazzling said...

Sounds like a great thing.
Amazing dress!
x

garakami said...

Oh Tavi I really wish I could go.
The last scholarship I applied for was make a dress out of scotch tape. Didn't go as well as planned, but you win some you lose some.

I absolutely look up to you. Your 2 years younger than me but you've accomplished so much. Sister Wolf has been linking you to her profil about speaking out on Terry Richardson. You are widely appreciated, please don't forget that. If you could use the amazing voice that you have to reach to whoever you can about the Richardson scandal please do so, because it is absolutely outrageous.

Otherwise, I love this post. You're going places and I couldn't be more supportive of you! And Erin is right, going green should be affordable. Celebrity's are not the only people who want to make a change. Have a wonderful day, Tavi. And until your next post.

XOXO
WWW.GARAKAMI-NI.BLOGSPOT.COM

Mathilda said...

awesome! A friend of mine, who happens to be a fashion designer and a contemporary artist, made a similar dress, last year, with packs of cigarretes.

mynameiscruz said...

Lovely dress.

FASHION SNAG said...

Love that dress!

www.FashionSnag.com

abinette said...

show more of your room??

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Gosh I'd love to go! I hope they do something like this down our way sometime soon.

aimee said...

Hey Tavi~

just thought you might be interested in this:

http://www.secondstitchlimited.com

its a clothing line from all recycled clothing, torn apart and stitched together to make new and interesting stuff! they're just starting, but I would say check it out!

pax!

p.s. thanks for sticking up for belle on the feminism post, i really appreciate bloggers doing that for each other.

Sarah Margeurite said...

Fantastic! I wish I was as socially conscious as you are when I was 14 years old...

Sincerely,
Sarah from The Cheesecake Chronicles

Olivia Isabella. said...

Wish this was near where I live because it is something I would be completely interested in!
Thanks Tavi for using your influential writing to highlight important issues along with fashion posts! A favourite blog for several (hundred) people, including me!
UO x
http://unionolivia.blogspot.com/

Sheik LeBeau said...

That's awesome XD!!!

I really want M&Ms now........like really bad. @__@

Signe said...

Cool dress!

revital said...

oh wow! thats really amazing- though im not so sure I would actually wear it (:

http://revi-pinkillusions.blogspot.com/

Nina said...

Awesome dress! Btw you Should do like a room tour or something because the pictures of your room defy coolness of all kinds

nika che said...

i feel a desire to eat it))

Dominika said...

wow! this dress is truly amazing!
<3

Jorge Alexander said...

like it

{ I V Y } said...

dang i wanna be there!
rad dress .

SabinePsynopsis said...

Great dress! I'd love to see this in real. Big YES to more creativity (and holding on to clothes, and passing things on, and diy, and swapping, etc.) and less consumerism.

Moira said...

ayeeeeeeeei. that dress is love! it's like candy + fashion. amazing..

i won't be going too though, because i live no where near chicago (i don't even live in the states! lol.) and i'm wayy under 21.

The Misunderstood said...

That sounds great wich I was in chicago. ...

gglush said...

i can't say it's amazingly creative/nice but totally appreciate it for a good cause =)

http://gglush.wordpress.com/

Lauren said...

That yellow dress is amazing! x

Fourth Daughter said...

The maddeningly slow internet here won't let me see that M&M dress AND this is the third time I've had to write this comment, but nevertheless, thanks for highlighting the green fashion issue (and the fact that it shouldn't need to be highlighted in the first place)!! I just walked in the door from my sustainable fashion discussion group (a lot more fun than it sounds) and saw this post so there's a bit of synchronicity happening! By the way, readers in Australia and NZ might like to check out Peppermint mag http://www.peppermintmag.com/ as it is full of eco fashion and beauty and cool DIY tips (if I do say so myself, seeing as I write them!!)
Drop by my blog too, I do a fair bit on the green/ethical fashion scene in Melbourne!

katjusha said...

the dress is amazing! I think björk and lady gaga would jump at the chance :D

Tavi you´re wonderful btw ;)

lots of greetings from BERLIN!!!

your new follower,
katjusha ;)

http://katjushadawaiii.blogspot.com/
http://katjushadawaiii.blogspot.com/

annamargrete said...

WOW! That dress is amazing! I want it, and I want to wear it... now!

ania said...

I think that you should make one.

That'd be beyond fantabulous

mom & son said...

this is awesome!

http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

Ella said...

Oh, wow, that dress is amazing! I like the ruffles and stuff.

I wonder if it would still smell like chocolate though...haha.

LUU H. said...

the worst of all, the dresss is AMAZING! In a good way ofc. hehe, i would to wear it anytime :P

Fashion is me said...

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Fashion is me said...

SHOES CONTEST!! YOU WIN!! Try it!!


My dear friends I decided to do a small contest. To win a T-shirt by me. I invite all to participate just need to answer the question.


More find in

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Fashion is me said...

SHOES CONTEST!! YOU WIN!! Try it!!


My dear friends I decided to do a small contest. To win a T-shirt by me. I invite all to participate just need to answer the question.


More find in

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Angelica said...

I want that M&M dress! This reminds me of an old episode of Project Runway that Susie Bubble mentioned a while ago, where the contestants had to make clothes out of stuff found at a hardware store.

It always kind of pisses me off when stores have like, "sustainable limited editions" of things. Why not have everything be sustainable, all the time?

eugenie dalland said...

sounds interesting .... one question though: could you provide a definition for "sustainable clothing"? I'm not ignorant nor do I live under a rock (unless you can say that living in NYC is like that) so I can understand the concept, but though I see "sustainable" and "green" and "eco" everywhere, no where are these terms actually explained. what is the actual significance of wearing sustainable/green/eco/etc. clothing? im not playing devil's advocate here - im just seriously curious.

show looks very cool though.

also there's an exhibition coming up at the FIT museum at the end of may about eco-fashion. I'm psyched about it, since I seem to know so little about this movement.

love your work,


from eugenie

km. said...

What a great cause and an interesting idea!!

http://collectionsandcreations.blogspot.com/

Miss DeltaG said...

ciao!
i think that u could love this young designer...i collaborated with her like a fashion stylist.i think it's awesome ...she creates dresses with unusual materials and special processes.
www.falsoo.eu

i love u're blog...sooooooo much :)
ciao,
E.

Frockspotter said...

That is such an awesome dress!!

Aww, I wish I lived in Chicago...

Hal said...

That's pretty fucking spectacular ...

HALCOHOLIC.com

Amelia. said...

Sadly, England's a long long way from Chicago. But, it does truely sound fantastic.

Your hair, is still as ever gorgeous. It's in my latest post about how hair is evolving. Feel free to read it here: http://thetrendtommy.blogspot.com/2010/05/whats-black-and-white-and-read-all-over.html

Thanks for all the inspiration Tavi, you're a legend.

Cheers,
Amelia
- The Trend Tommy

Angela said...

somewhat related. i found this while searching for summer projects:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-purseclutch-from-a-Book/
i know it sounds pretty painful to tear apart a book, but there's got to be some lethally boring books with amazing covers out there. or the books with the pages falling out anyways. or OMG YOU COULD TTLY MAKE A TWILITE BAG.

carlotta said...

my god!! your blog is fabulous, having thirteen years I too am a big fan your. I made a post about you on my blog if tive passes and comment!

http://dsquared2andsalad.blogspot.com/

Colourgirl said...

Wow! Very nice dress! The first when i saw it i think they are butterfly =P But now i see it! =)

Congratulation!

Colourgirl
http://colourgirlsdiary.blogspot.com/

The Trendy Fashionista said...

Wow really creative dress!!! I love the idea of an eco-friendly fashion show.

-The Trendy Fashionista
http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

Reco said...

I grew up in Chicago! Wish I could go.

Reco's Remarks
http://recos-remarks.recojeans.com/

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Marie said...

OMG I love that dress!!!


http://from-a-to-zero.blogspot.com/

meagan said...
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Julia said...

wish I could go, but I don't think I could convince my mom that it's worth a nine hour over sea flight... :)
xoxo

Poppy-Rosy said...

love it! :)
www.poppy-rosy.blogspot.com

laa said...

i once dreamed of dresses made of sweet wrappers. it was weird...

http://bubblesftw.blogspot.com/

laa said...

i once dreamed of dresses made of sweet wrappers. it was weird...

http://bubblesftw.blogspot.com/

stephanie said...

The thumbnail of that dress on Bloglovin' made me drool a little.
Funny it's candy wrappers.

In other news - THRIFTING IS RECYCLING!
You are green, miss.

90% of my wardrobe is resale/restructure.
Affordable, fun and one-of-a-kind.

woohoo!

Stephanie
thosetricks.com

Madda said...

That dress is amazing! Were do you find such pictures?

cancercowboy said...

shit, i'm like addicted to the peanut M&M's, so i could make a new suit every year. but i somewhat doubt that it feels nice on the skin. yet i think sustainable clothes can really take off once our governments learn to differentiate between hemp and marijuana. 'cause hemp is an awesome plant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp/
though it would mean you can't get high from smoking someone's tee or socks, which can be considered a severe disadvantage ^____^

Maia said...

mmy tavi senses tingled, and i went on. and MY SENSES WERE CORRECT! earth freindly fashion...what more could you ask for? unforch, i am the city if new york, and chicago is quite far away :(( i hope its fun taviloo!

heres the link to my blog that you will never click
eyefromthebigdipper.blogspot.com
please visit?

meagan said...

tavi this is really neat, thanks for sharing! i will go to this and i'll take pics for ya!


latterstyle.blogspot.com

Antonia said...

There are eco-friendly options in the leather accessories world too. Some Italian tanneries are members of UNIC, who in September of 2009 signed an agreement with the Employees Trade Unions concerning the respect of human rights in the workplace and the responsible use of natural and environmental resources.

MAISTROVAH is one of the brands taking part in their work, and dedicated to keeping our world beautiful. Check it out: http://www.maistrovah.com

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Karen said...

That M&M dress is wondeful! It makes me want to make clothes out of glass bottles, or something. (even though that doesnt make any sense/would work at all...)
That's so cool that your organizing this green project!! :)

Becca Jane said...

That dress is amazing! SOunds like a great event.

SarahPeslar said...

the M&M dress, just way to cool!


http://fashionsmind.blogspot.com/

Glamour Girl said...

Hey! I've been reading your blog ever since I saw a link from Jane Aldrige of Sea of Shoes... and this past year i was involved in a program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where we created wearable art out of unconventional materials... It's kind of similair, so Here's a few links you might wanna check out...

Here's my dress:
http://dailybooth.com/bibliophile/1980317

and Here's the Flickr photo stream:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26881334@N03/sets/72157622889035027/

megan said...
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Tim said...

You can't be any more sustainable than wearing secondhand clothes. Someone else's carbon footprint. Great advice really! I am going to do a blog about you and the power of Gen Y from the Economist story it will be at www.madrigal.com.au

Mother of Style said...

Hungry for M&Ms now.

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Fashion Fierce! said...

garbage to some, treasure to others.

moniquemallo said...

Considering that M&M's contain palm oil that's pretty ironic....fast disappearing forests anyone? An area of forest equal to 300 soccer fields is being destroyed every hour. I wouldn't wear that dress if you paid me.

Mort said...

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M* Haya said...

Assuntos adoro os:)
tô Ao som de Lady Gaga nd faixa fama A *-*

sarahbetty said...

UH-mazing. Wish I could attend - the dress is truly a statement about fashion.

Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Betty.

http://sarahbetty.co.uk

Izzy said...

The dress is amazing! I remember we had to make recycled outfits at school a bit like that!

'All Swamped In Flowers'

Ben Rains said...

Do you know who the designer of the M&M wrapper dress is? It looks very much like something Cat (Catherine) Chow would make. I know she was living in Chicago for a good number of years, and she may still be there.

Here are a couple of links showing and discussing Cat's work:

http://www.fashionprojects.org/?p=154
http://artmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions/current/catchow/
http://www.newcitychicago.com/chicago/2330.html

Burcin said...

I don't know why everybody love that dress, I find that it's a bit crappy, even if I have to admit that the person who made it is quite a genius with a lot of time, I find the bags made by Mitz* a bit more comfy and useful, using candy wraps of al types.
And the manufacture is also more elaborated.

* http://www.mitzbag.com/index_english.htm

Jane said...

wow ! *__*
this dress is Ah-mazing .
i loooove it.

xoxo

Diamond Guy said...

Lovely idea the M&M dress!

www.diamondvirgin.com

Vanilla Fierce! said...

Wowza. Great Dress.

vintage birdy said...

i LOVE m&ms!

and that dress looks amazing :O

from,
vintage-birdy.blogspot.com

Diana said...

Tavi, I love you :)

Noemi said...

Ciao!
Cooooool dress!!
i think you have a wonderful style! and i think also you are very important for girls like me, because i can see your passion for fashion between this blog. I'm in love with fashion too, and i'd like to have a cool lifestyle like your in the future!!
Ehm... sorry for my orrible english! i'm italian!..
bye!!
Noemi

ctinwonderland said...

Two of my favourite things brought together; fashion and M&M wrappers, amazing! <3

ctinwonderland said...
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ctinwonderland said...

Two of my favourite things fused together; fashion and M&M's, amazing! <3

tough girl said...

The dress totally got my attention.

tough-girl-being-tougher.blogspot.com

Corinne C said...

it seems a great idea!

http://thecurlystyle.blogspot.com/

Lira Leirner said...

I was researching dresses made of recycled material and I found your post! I like the rounded shape of each individual component of the dress...

I designed a recycled shift dress made of a Royal Mail Post Bag - what do you think? http://www.liraleirner.com/recyclingcouture:postbag/postbag.html

I wish I could be there in Chicago to see this show now.

P.s. nice blog!

clara said...

PLEEEEEEEASE post more often!! i need it!! seriously.
I need daily Taviness

you are fantastic.

Kindest regards

C

marie shelby said...

i live in chicago, and tavi your right chicago has no fashion. it drives me crazy. i wish i could go but i'm not 21 yet :/

Ami said...

I wish I wish I could have gone to this event. It sounds very interesting, totally something I would want to have checked out. Sadly, I do not agree to the picture of the dress you posted up. I adore the idea the designer had, to make a gown/dress of eco friendly materials but the design looks very messy and a bit crappy to me. I'm sure the design on paper was great but I don't think it was well executed (as in putting to effect). I have seen better.

Arrivaderci.
A.D.T. (future fashion designer)

http://fashionflavoredcomfits.blogspot.com/2010/05/little-red-riding-hood.html

http://fashionflavoredcomfits.blogspot.com/2010/05/little-red-riding-hood.html

OliviaJoy said...

heehee that's exciting :]


hey tavi i was watching this one show and i think you'd like it- Skins- if you haven't seen it already. it's british. :D

Have Game, Will Play said...

Tavi!! What the...? It's Paul v.E. from Longfellow... (and I probably sound like a total stalker) What? I was checking my email, when all the sudden I read the subject from my Mom (yes, my Mom, total nerd) and she had the link to this, saying someone important mentioned you... Wow. Well, I still think it's weird... Last I saw you was the last day of fifth grade.

Well, the dress is cool... I'm not one for fashion (moon boots and graphic T's) but I'm an artist, so seeing things like this makes me smile, then make me think how it was done and how freakin long it takes. I'm starting an Art Blog, but until then, if you ever wanna chat, my Email's paul.vonebers@gmail.com. I promise you I'm not a stalker. You went to Longfellow for elementary School and were in Mrs. Halmerjons (I think that's how you spell it?) class for fifth grade. BOOM!

- The Sign Painter is still Weirded out by this...

hannah banananan said...

wowow those dresses are so coo. l i mad a doll a dress out of tissue paper and reeses peanut butter cup rappers. i got the idea from project runway. tehehe

manon said...

Wow, the wraps of the M&M's look like a lot of butterflies flapping in the form of a dress. I love the way they are cut. Would be beautiful on a darkbrown skin woaowww.

km said...

why is "eco fashion" always made of trash?

Angela said...

"eco fashion" is all about reducing waste and pollution mostly in textiles. a way to do that is to incorporate "trash". it could also involve organically grown cottons, recycled plastics woven with fabrics, etc. or it could even be meshing together thrift store finds into a new piece. anything that either uses something that would otherwise end up in a landfill or growing something that doesn't involve the use of harsh chemicals that could leech into the ground water. and as they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Christiana said...

Hi All! I am the designer of the M&M Wrapper Dress! Thank you for your comments. The dress was made for a showcase at the Terracycle Pop-up store in NYC to highlight Earth Month! Over 600 M&M Wrappers were cut into 2,000 flowers to emphasize Spring and the hues of Spring. The dress has gotten global attention and could not be more thrilled about all of your wonderful comments! Thanks Tavi for blogging about it on your fantastic site! Cheers!

walrus said...

wheeeeeee crazy dress! @,@

brightlightsbigcity said...

showstopping dress!!! awesome

http://watermelonfeet.blogspot.com

Bese said...

Hey Tavi, Im a designer from Chicago, check out my website and tell me what you think! http://zeyno.design.officelive.com

xoxo

Marcy said...

wait, Tavi, you're in chicago??? this is marcy, who wrote you that crazy email about helping you redesign your website (I know, presumptuous) --- but now that I know you're local, you should totally take me up on those photoshop lessons, you could be one hell of a photographer besides all the other awesome stuff you're doing. well, that and I'd probably lend you my camera as it seems you lost your USB cord. hah.

on a separate note I'm dying to know where you're in school; I went to North Park Elementary school at montrose and damon before Loyola Academy for highschool and if you're at NPES I am praying for your soul.

Marcy said...

(actually on note of usb cord, if your camera uses that little weird ending (looks like a small rectangle on top of a large rectangle to make a strange shape, and not just a normal usb ending) I have TONS of those, and best buy should too, just make sure it matches before you buy it!

Elisa K. said...

I love the post! Love the dress :)

crazed fashion junkie said...

that's one AWESOME M&M dress!!! Love it!! :)

boo said...

I LOVE THE DRESS!! OMG

mia said...

i've already done photos with a dress like that, but the didn't turn out that great;)
http://albums.pafnet.de/album.php?size=full&image=41722_5822f62a0d2aa495f7646fe40803d9e5.jpg

Vanessa said...

my goodness. fashion never ceases to amaze!

PrettyFunny said...

Lol. I love the "robe" M&M's . It's so special. :D . Sorry for the language, i'm french..

offourminicrini said...

Absolutely bloody fantastic !

Melissa said...

I still can't believe you are in/around Chicago. Makes sense though.

Julie Ling said...

oh my gosh! last night was prom and my friend made her dress entirely out of a paper bag, and the design was so pretty and flirty (architect student, go figure)

http://fashioncontagious.blogspot.com