Until April 17, Vancouverites will be able to view the results of the eco-minded fete’s signature 81-Pound Challenge at the gallery. Crafted by Canadian designer and winner of Project Runway Canada Evan Biddell, the rock ‘n’ roll–inspired fashion line—titled VV by EB—features a fabulous mix of upcycled leather, fur, denim, and suede.
All textiles were sourced by Biddell and Toronto-based stylist Ellen Balsevich from Value Village. Together, the materials total 81 pounds—the estimated weight in textiles that the average North American tosses every year.
“There really is no need for new factory-made clothes anymore,” Biddell says in video detailing the making of VV by EB. “It’s all already here. We have enough stuff here already.”
The secondhand garments have been cut, reworked, and transformed by Biddell into cropped leather pea coats, slinky evening gowns, and dramatic fringed capes worthy of Bowie. Dual-toned pantyhose offer unassuming edge to many of the ensembles, and Biddell has even updated pairs of black leather boots with fiery paintings of flames.
Adorning the faces of the mannequins at the exhibition are newspaper scraps: masks crafted from waste materials found in sea turtles. In this way, the project illustrates the impact of human-produced pollution twofold.
“I really want people to leave thinking about the next time they go buy something,” adds Biddell. “I want them to think about where it was made, how much they’re spending. Do they think it’s a fair price for whoever actually made this? If I can get that, then we’re successful.”
The VV by EB collection debuted on the runway at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week on March 11. It was transported to Vancouver on April 4 and displayed at the Museum of Vancouver for Eco Fashion Week’s finale night.
Check out the images below for a preview of the exhibition before you see it IRL.