22 Nov '11, 6am

Meet the sisters making burlesque fashionably green: #burlesque #fashion #hollowaysmithnoir

Meet the sisters making burlesque fashionably green: #burlesque #fashion #hollowaysmithnoir

From belts whipped up using old firehose to bags crafted from discarded coffee sacks, the UK’s eco designers are dreaming up ever more creative ways to turn waste into desirable fashion. But despite the flood of tractor tyre shoes, paper clip earrings and cassette player clutches, one area where few have dared to go is the underwear drawer. When it comes to upcycling, it seems, lingerie is truly the final frontier. That, however, could all be about to change if East London sisters, Sophie Holloway and Alice Holloway-Smith, get their way. The first time I meet the Holloway sisters is at a Halloween-themed burlesque ball at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. In the dressing up room, between racks of vintage silks and quirky pillbox hats, two girls are enthusiastically expounding the merits of nipple tassles and, er, shaking things up a bit. I stop and look. Stare at a pile of je...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/1...

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