- 300 illustrations
- 208 pages
- 9¾ x 8⅜ ins
- ISBN 9781780673011
- Published October 2013
The area of recycling and upcycling is a rich and growing source of innovative design in the fashion and accessories industries.
In a fast-fashion world of throw-away clothing, it is the ultimate expression of the slow-fashion movement, with each piece individually conceived and crafted from scratch, using different materials each time.
ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.
- Shows us an alternative fashion world Review by Professor Rebecca Earley, Director of Textile Futures Research Centre, University of the Arts London
We need more designers working with reclaimed materials, making fashion that is truly desirable, thus shifting the consumer’s perception that recycled fashion is not in some way as good as a garment made form virgin fibres. Brown’s book shows us that designers are beginning to lead the way now, and that producers need to take note of this growing market and invest in the systems to support it. This book helps us to see this greener future really may come true for us all - and is a must for students, aspiring designers, savvy consumers and visionary businesses alike. (Posted on 9/24/13)
- A wide-ranging survey of ecofashion designers Review by Professor Sandy Black, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL.
- Redefines what "recycled fashion" means Review by Jasmin Malik Chua – Managing Editor Ecouterre
- Highly recommended Review by Aaron Bolte Creative Director – The Future Fashion Guide
ReFashioned introduces a style completely of its own, along with intelligent solutions for today's challenges in sustainability.
While you are reading this, billions of tons of (worn-out and new) clothing is wasted every year and dumped into landfills with a rising frequency. In one of the largest industries on the planet, some fashion designers have the guts to phrase an answer to this issue and create what they call 'upcycled fashion'. Used and unused clothes are rescued from the trash, disassembled and reassembled again, transforming them into supreme high fashion that impresses with unseen textures and authentic character.
After the successful title 'Eco Fashion', this is the second book by renowned fashion designer and Assistant Dean at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Sass Brown, which we highly recommend.
Sass takes us on an astonishing and intimate journey through many one-of-a-kind collections from upcycling designers around the globe who are not only pioneers in design, but also thought leaders in sustainability.
(Posted on 6/5/13)
- An expertly selected collection Review by Sarah Ditty – the Ethical Fashion Forum
Sass Brown’s visceral book showcases an expertly selected collection of talented fashion designers that are transforming disused materials into expertly crafted, forward-thinking, functional, intelligent, inspirational and aesthetically appealing garments and accessories.
Re-fashioned is a must read for anyone interested in the future of fashion.
(Posted on 6/4/13)
- A Visual Treat Review by Amy DuFault - Sustainable Fashion Journalist and Consultant
While Sass once again proves that eco fashion is everything sophisticated and well thought out, one is grateful that she has made a second book demonstrating the ultimate expression of the ucpcyled slow-fashion movement, and that it is very much alive and growing
(Posted on 6/4/13)
- Inspiring Review by Lewis B. Perkins, Senior Vice President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
- A fascinating and attentive journey of discovery Review by Giusi Bettoni, Founder and Creative Director of C.L.A.S.S. (Creative Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy)
- Shows us that the future is good, experimental and - if not bright - at least possible. Review by Paolo Ferrarini, Future Concept Lab s.r.l.
Second: abundance is never enough, we always want more, but we do need to have the chance to choose. Being able to select is necessary not only in the field of information, but also in the realm of products. Upcycled and recycled garments are a necessity today. Not because it “ethically correct”, but because it’s fundamental to selects stuff in the same way we select informations.
To recover and to reload is not nostalgia, but a drive towards future: the post-modernist idea of the “endless new” is clearly dead, and Sass Brown’s book show us that the future is good, experimental and - if not bright - at least possible. (Posted on 6/3/13)
Foreword by Natalie Chanin (Founder of Alabama Chanin, US hand made clothing and homewares)
Designers Working with Used Clothing (e.g. worn and discarded garments) or
Used Industrial Materials (e.g. defunct flour sacks)
2ETN (jewellery) [US]; Artemas Quibble (bags / jewellery) [US]
Atelier Awash [Germany]; CeeBee (bags / jewellery) [Italy]
Christopher Raeburn [UK]; Clare Bare (lingerie) [US]
Dalaleo (bags / jewellery) [Brazil / Italy]; Denham [Netherlands]
Jeffrey Wang [China]; Julia Barbee [US]
Junky Styling [UK]; km/a [Austria]; KONDAKIS [Kenya]
Lu Flux [UK]; MAYER Peace Collection [Germany]
MILCH [Austria]; Nudie Jeans [Sweden]
Odette Picaud (jewellery / accessories) [France]
Otra (jewellery) [Canada / France]
Raggedy [UK]; Saisei (bags) [Italy]
Schmidt Takahashi [Germany]; Silent People (bags) [Italy]
Sylwia Rochala [Poland]; Tamara Fogle (bags) [UK]
The BEA Project [US]; Trashed Couture [UK]
Ute Decker (jewellery) [UK / Germany]
Designers Working with Unused Clothing Waste (e.g. textile cut-offs) or Unused Industrial Materials (e.g. plastic product scraps created during the manufacturing process)
Carmina Campus (bags) [Italy / Africa]
Eva Zingoni [France]; Friends with Benefits [US]
From Somewhere [UK]; Goodone [UK]
Hibrida (accessories) [Chile]; Juana Diaz [Chile]
Kerry Howley (jewellery) [UK]
Michelle Lowe-Holder (jewellery) [UK]
Paulina Plizga [France]; Piece x Piece [US]
Rachel Freire [UK]; R.ds [Denmark]
Reet Aus [Estonia]; Steinwidder [Austria]
Trash-Couture [Denmark]; Waste Away (accessories) [UK]
Picture Credits and Acknowledgements
'Refashioned', the second book from Sass Brown arrives as designers and consumers are grappling with a global scarcity of natural fibres all the while millions of tonnes of clothing are ending up in landfills each year. Once again, Brown is ahead of the curve as "Refashioned" showcases designers around the world who have incorporated textile and resource scarcity into their design and are using existing materials (both used and unused) in the creation of innovative, avant-garde fashion. This book is a must-read for everyone who loves fashion but tires of the disposable, wasteful fashion of our times.
Kate Black, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Magnifeco Magnifeco.com
Sass Brown’s second book ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials is a beautiful and palatable compilation of 46 international designers showcasing reinvigorated fashions from the idiosyncratic to the everyday wardrobe staple. Sass’s in-depth design acumen combined with her passion for ethical fashion, lace pages that are as heartily aesthetic, as they are content rich. The book beautifully encapsulates a pioneering time in the ever-evolving fashion industry.
Coco Eco Magazine Cocoecomag.com