2023 Finalist: WHITNEY HENTON
To honour the rich history of family
The outfit is made from her Grandmother's 62 year old silk wedding dress, a wool pillow inner, damaged scrap sheets, a broken bra and brown onion skin.
The aim of this design is to showcase how your loved ones' wedding dresses can be redesigned and upcycled to live on, rather than rotting away in a box or landfill.
Working in the distribution centre at Dove Hospice, seeing thousands of items come through the door each week was the inspiration for Whitney’s design. The outfit is made from her Grandmother's 62 year old silk wedding dress, a wool pillow inner, damaged scrap sheets, a broken bra and brown onion skin. New materials include madder root for dyeing, organic cotton, and natural rubber elastic.
Brown onion skins were used to naturally dye the blemished fabric and breathe new life into it. The waste onion skins were sourced from Pak’n’save and fruit shops around the area, and were combined with madder root gifted from India where Whitney’s Grandad spent a large portion of his life, so she could honour the rich history of her family in this outfit.
The outfit can be easily repair, redyed, or recycled again at the end of its life due to the natural materials used.