Unique designs on display on the catwalk Saturday
By Gord Bowes, News staff
It started out as way three McMaster University friends to save money yet still be fashionable for a night on the town.
Friends Sapphire Singh, Virginia Stonehouse and Aimee Archer would take clothing they already owned and cut and combine and reassemble the items, usually with safety pins, to look like designs that sold for $50 in stores.
“We wore them out in public — we had enough courage to do that — and people liked our designs,” said Singh.
The compliments led to the first Revolution Wear fashion show, a socially conscious display designed to entertain and perhaps provoke change.
The 10th annual RevWear is being held Saturday.
Designers “weave together reused, salvaged, found and secondhand materials to create a wearable (eco) art and performance experience,” say the organizers.
The clothing has a message — its meant to inspire and challenge the audience with creative interpretations of environmental sustainability and social justice. For example, one of the more provocative designs in the show’s history featured a loin cloth with a dollar bill held out in front of the model’s head. The intention was to show our primal commercial culture, says Stonehouse.
In another provocative design, a designer made a dress out of a blowup doll to show the objectification of women.
While the show started out edgy and aimed at university students, it is aimed at all ages, said Stonehouse, a Mountain resident.
“It has evolved into a community event,” she said, noting there are also music, dance and spoken word elements as well as a retrospective display. “There’s something for everyone.”
The theme of the 10th anniversary show is “The People,” said Singh. Each collection of designs is inspired by these actions: the body, the bike, the grower, the edible artisan and the teacher.
The 10th annual Revolution Wear show takes place Saturday, 8-9:30 p.m. at the former Bank of Montreal space above Jackson Square Mall, 2 King St. West. Tickets are $10 in advance at revwear.ca and at door.