Coming up on September 20th is RedLine Milwaukee’s 5th annual Repurposed Runway fashion show. If you’re not familiar with RedLine Milwaukee, you should take a couple of moments to check them out as they have so many great art and cultural activities going on. They describe themselves as “an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked. Through residency, education, outreach and challenging exhibition programs with a focus on socially relevant topics, RedLine inspires and impacts new generations of cultural and civic transformers”.
This past week they held a media cocktail and sneak peek event for their upcoming show. Designers were encouraged to create an outfit with the theme of water and the environment out of repurposed materials. Their creations were then modeled and judged by a team of some of Milwaukee’s fashion movers and shakers. Winners will be announced at the show in September where you’ll be able to see not only contest entries, but original designs from three local designers.
I got a chance to talk to a couple of designers about the inspiration behind their outfits. This gorgeous blue creation from Karee Hart was inspired by her son who loves the beach and wind over water
The blue dress on the left was designed by Sarah Corlett who was inspired by things that are currently polluting our water such as plastic bags and pieces of broken glass. On the right is a dress designed by Stacy Kentz who used a lawn chair for her creation.
The stunning creation below is from Diana Gamboa and is her portrayal of Mother Nature. The dress is made from real hair! I’m familiar with some of her other accessory work and she does some amazing statement pieces.
The intricate dress below is from designer Pakou Vang. She used a variety of different types of plastic bags.
I also got a chance to briefly meet Amy Dewitt and Todd Bowtchee who were one of three design teams sponsored by Kohls. Amy mentioned that she was inspired by the idea of filtering the pollution out of water.
There were a multitude of other great designs. I captured a couple more below, but you’ll have to check out the show in September to see them all. Who would you pick to win?