Reimagine Clothing is a collaboration between Liz Oliner (@liz.oliner) and me to search for sustainable fashion options. Our message is that most of everything we do negatively impacts the environment. This includes the fashion industry, which exacts a high environmental cost: it constitutes 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams. The production of both natural and synthetic fibers exact significant, lasting tolls. The project brings Oliner’s knowledge of pattern making, her delicate aesthetic, and her clothing productions together with my paintings—made exclusively for these pieces—and my love for design.
We redesigned secondhand clothing for a prêt-à-porter collection of eighteen beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces. For example, we made new linings from silk curtains, and Oliner designed jackets using men’s ties from thrift shops. We also made dresses out of men’s jackets, sewing the pieces by hand with old manual Singer machines that Oliner repaired. Today, she continues to teach people to deconstruct and reconstruct clothing from secondhand stores.