Amazing, aren’t they, Gary Harvey’s designs? All materials used were discarded, found and recycled into these beautifully unique dresses. The ball gown silhouette acts as a contrast to the rather mundane materials used; newspaper, denim jeans and trench coats. The amount of care and attention to detail in his designs goes to show how you can make something remarkable out of something very unremarkable. I really want to attempt to emulate his design of the Newspaper Dress when I have a bit of time – I think that it would be a very rewarding and therapeutic project for me. All images and text below are copyright to Gary Harvey…
Denim Dress: 42 pairs of Levi 501’s in various shades of indigo, cut up and reconstructed to create a tiered ball gown with a corset waist, won with a cropped denim jacket. “Jeans are one of the most hard-wearing garments, originally designed as a work uniform and made in a fabric designed to last years. Since the transition from ‘work-wear’ to fashion, jeans are often discarded for the latest silhouette before the end of their useful life”.
Newspaper Dress: 30 copies of the ‘Financial Times’ folded and attached to a salmon pink corset to create a ‘tulle’ skirt. “Newspapers are one of the few products that get recycled. Currently too much information is printed on paper that does not get read or recycled”.
Mac Dress: 18 Trench Coats in various shades of beige attached to a ‘Burberry’ check corset, worn with a cropped ‘Burberry’ Mac. “The classic trench coat designed to last for many years”.