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Recycled Fallera

n-VESTIDO-FALLERA-2-large570Rosa Montesa, an industrial designer from Valencia, Spain, in her 50s, proposed an idea to her mother: Why not work together to make a dress for the traditional Valencian Fallas celebration? She wanted to collaborate to make something, but not in a conventional way. She wanted to do it her way, and her way was recycling.

Montes spent the following year working on her website, Reciclado Creativo (Creative Recycling), and looking for a way to breathe new life into the materials she was taking from her own trash and that of those around her. Plastic bottles, coffee capsules, potato chip bags, sunflower seed shells – all received new life in her hands. First she made a necklace, then a lamp and later flowers.

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-2-900Eventually, Montesa decided to focus all her creativity on one project: a dress, which took her only 10 days to create. However, she required far more time for collecting the materials and designing the dress posed more than a few head-scratching obstacles. Her 17-year-old daughter served as a model, and Montesa’s mother acted as an integral collaborative partner.

The fabric of the skirt was filled with flowers made of plastic bottles and containers. There are a total of 180 bottles: 70 plastic water containers, 25 blue water bottles, 25 pink water bottles and 60 green sparkling-water cans.  “I used the bases of the bottles, and with the upper part I decorated the bodice,” Montesa explained. Cutting the bottle into small pieces produced the fragments that form the image on the body of the dress. They were inspired, she says, by the flowers sold in front of North Station in Valencia.

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-1-900The glittering pieces on the shawl and apron, which could easily be mistaken for sequins, were made from the insides of potato chip bags. This time she only needed six: “I used baked chips, because they have less oil.” The lace is from a blouse that Montesa’s mother had at home, “adhering to the condition of using recycled material.”

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-4-900Having done all this, Montesa’s only remaining obstacle lay in making the accessories. The earrings (arracabades), brooch (joja), necklace, chignon needles (agulles) and combs, traditional elements of the festival costume, were all made entirely of recycled material. “The skewers are knitting needles from my mother. They’re made of steel, which is no longer used because it’s heavier — now they prefer aluminum,” she explained. The flowers that completed the needles were made entirely from coffee capsules. Montesa used a total of 30 capsules to bejewel the chignon needles.

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-3-900The flowers decorating the earrings and the necklace were also made of this material, and were topped with sunflower shells painted with nail polish, creating an iridescent effect. The same coating was applied to an object containing about twenty peanuts, which was originally going to form a necklace, but, failing to convince its creator, ultimately became a bracelet.

Source: Huffngton Post Spain 

Morbid à la Mode

Mourning ensemble 1870. American. Silk.

Mourning ensemble 1870. American. Silk.

What might be sad is actually quite sartorial. Rebena wishes so much she were in the big apple to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition called “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” This cheekily-titled show has been a big draw for the museum as it explores what people wore to funerals in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Circa: 1910

“Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are which are being exhibited for the first time,” the Costume Institute notes, “will reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.”

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Mourning jewelry styles emerged made of hair from the deceased. 1830’s – 1910.

As gloomy as this sounds, there’s actually good reason to be interested.  Clothing and costuming shows do tend to be influential on fashion at large, inspiring trends like goddess dressing, surrealism, and, following its 2007 exhibition on Paul Poiret, a taste for theatrical orientalism and loosely draped dresses.

An entire commercial market centered around mourning accessories fledged by the mid 19th century.

An entire commercial market centered around mourning accessories fledged by the mid 19th century.

So let’s get excited about the aesthetics of death, which, curiously enough, is even the subject of a new museum that opened last month in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn called the Morbid Anatomy Museum, featuring death masks, Victorian hair art, and a lot of taxidermy.

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American Mid Century Mourning Dress

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Exhibit Entrance // 1890 Mourning gowns

The Costume Institute’s exhibition will include examples of mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, covering the appropriate fabrics and, its curators note somewhat ominously, the potential sexual implications of the veiled widow.
Harold Koda, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, also notes that the mostly black palette of mourning attire will serve as a fashion history lesson, dramatizing the rapid evolution of popular silhouettes over that century.

Queen Victoria set the funeral dressing standard – she wore black for 40 years after her husband’s death.

Victoria set the funeral wear standard – she wore black for 40 years after her husband’s death.

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How Queen Alexandra’s wardrobe evolved once she was mourning.

In fact, mourning clothes often had cultural significance, particularly gowns worn by Queen Victoria (above) and Queen Alexandra that will be included in the show.
Victoria set something of an exaggerated standard for mourning dress, wearing black for about 40 years following the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861, leading to similar social customs among all classes of her day (some who could not afford to buy an all-black wardrobe simply dyed their clothes black) to wear black for months following the death of a loved one.

In the later mourning stages, wardrobe codes became more lenient, as is the case with this black evening dress from 1981.

In the later mourning stages, wardrobe codes became more lenient, as is the case with this black evening dress from 1981.

Rebena wishes she could be there to witness the high fashion silhouettes, fashion plates, jewelry and accessories.  Mourning as a fashion phenomenon: It’s not morbid… it was just à la mode.

Sources: In Style, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

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SimpleWhether you’re looking to protect your skin or to elevate your jeans-and-tee combo, hats are destined to be your go-to accessory this summer.