CREATIVE college students transformed old materials into high fashion in a competition to highlight the importance of recycling.
The contest, sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, challenged fashion students to create new outfits using only discarded materials such as net curtains, bras, old shirts and duvets, to highlight the fact that 3,000 tonnes of clothes were sent to landfill by East Riding residents last year.
East Riding College student Jess Neary, 17 of Bempton Lane, Flamborough, was a runnuer-up in the competition after impressing judges with her dress made out of an old shirt with a hat made out of old cardboard and magazines.
She said: “I saw this blue shirt and thought ‘there is a lot of fabric in that’ and knew that I could probably do something with it.
“I wanted people to be able to still see that it was originally a shirt, so I didn’t actually cut anything off it, it was more about tucking and wrapping it round.
“I was really shocked when I heard I was a runner-up because the girls from Bishop Burton had done absolutely amazing dresses so I didn’t think I would make it.
“But I am quite proud of it.”
Jess, who is in her first year of a two-year fashion and clothing course, is inspired by designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney and said that taking part in the competition had made her look at clothes differently.
“I have always sent my old clothes to charity shops, but since doing the competition it has made me want to change my old clothes into something new, rather than just getting rid of them and buying more,” she said.
“I’m trying to get my mum and sister to do that too - but I’m not having much luck!”
Jess’ outfit went on display at Treasure House in Beverley along with seven other shortlisted designs, plus the winning design by Madeleine Burn of Cottingham and another runner-up Leonie Atkinson of Woodmansea, who both study at Bishop Burton College.