by feeney

As previously mentioned, I recently created a dress that I made entirely from recycled plastic bags.  This dress was  self-designed and hand crochet, which took countless hours and over 100 plastic bags (the process can be seen on my blog HereFishieFishy). The body of the dress is made from white grocery bags, which continue up to an empire waist-line. The back has corset-inspired ties that give the dress its very flattering shape, and the top and bottom fringe were made from brightly coloured bags in order to give the dress a pop of colour.  RTT’s creator, Tiana, got to model this wonderful creation at an Environmental Fashion show held last week in the University of Toronto. Check her out!

Recycled Dress Project

The Dress modeled by Tiana Feng

The Recycled Dress Project

Corset-inspired back

The project was a complete success and well received by the audience – I got to see many so many jaw-drops that I couldn’t help but blush!  And, of course, Tiana looked pretty awesome in the completed dress!

Below I have posted a follow-up that I wrote today for my personal blog (HereFishieFishy):

“The project was meant to inspire people to rethink their fashion choices – we spend so much money on new clothes that are made from newly acquired resources when there are so many alternatives.  No, I don’t think that everyone should be running around in plastic-bag dresses (although that would be interesting…), but considering alternatives to new clothes is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.  Second-hand clothes are an easy option, especially for the budget-constrained university student who is looking for some unique pieces for their wardrobe, or even just looking to pick up some classic pieces.  If you’re creative, then a thrift or vintage clothing store can open up a whole new world of fashion for you! Clothes swaps, either large organized ones or just simple ones with a few friends, are another great way to help expand the life of your clothes and to acquire some great “new” pieces.

If you’re not sold on second-hand fashion – or just looking for something in particular – why not try a more sustainable fabric? Not sure which fabric is the best option? Check out this article from – its very informative and gives a couple alternatives to the standard bamboo and organic cotton trends.  Personally, hemp looks like the best option in terms of sustainability and comfort, although I will be keeping my eyes open for any garments made from “ecofriendly” fabrics.”

This song sounds pretty awesome on a runway – Kids by MGMT