Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Creative Reuse : Old Wartime Scrap Making the Catwalk

Christopher Raeburn. 
Raeburn's Jacket As shown on the Vogue Uk Website, February 2009

If you haven't heard of him yet, it's only a matter of time.  No, I'm not talking the deceased record producer, but London's coolest and hippest "Reuse" designer.  I first read something about Chris in 2008 and thought perhaps I read it wrong.  He was taking old military parachutes, in addition to other untouched wartime materials, and was "remaking" them into new garments.

By mid 2008, he was "the rage" having bulky jackets worn by the kids on the London streets.  So much so, in early 2009, London's Fashion Week had a first-time ever show closing with a showcase featuring menswear with Raeburn's trench coats and designs.

In June, Cool Hunting displayed his new offerings and this article.

Just today, I read last month's issue of Vogue, I read a one page write up, talking about how Christopher tags each garment "REMADE IN LONDON." 

I figured it would be a great time to blog about him, but Treehugger beat me too it with this great writeup today, showing an artist original video,  and inside the Fashion week and studio. Make sure to check it out!

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