Magpies & Peacocks, the Nation’s Only Non-profit Design House, Is Back (and Better Than Ever) for London Fashion Week Aw19 With Renowned and Revolutionary Fashion Scout.
Eight Years,And Over 165,00lbs Of Post ConsumerTextiles Diverted From LandfillLater, Magpies & PeacocksWill Rock The LFWAW19 Runway With TWO Zero Waste Up-Cycled Luxury Collections’René Garza For Magpies & Peacocks’ And ‘Jerri Moore+Clarence Lee For Magpies & Peacocks’ Bringing Sustainability To Old School Glamor AndWest End Cool.
(Houston,TX) Magpies & Peacocks(M&Ps), Houston’s only 501(c)3 non-profit design house, has spent eight years promoting sustainability in design and diverting post-consumer textiles from landfill, and is storming fearlessly into 2019 with two unique, zero waste up-cycled collections heading for London Fashion Week: ‘RenéGarza For Magpies & Peacocks’ featuring the Re:ne(w) DETUX collection and ‘Jerri Moore + Clarence Lee For Magpies & Peacocks’ featuring the #Undone collection. Both collections will be created entirely out of waste textiles collected and curated by M&Ps, including end-of-life linens, bolts ends, scrap fabrics, dead-stock and used clothing. Each 20+ look collection will be showcased at London’s iconic Freemasons’ Hall at Fashion Scout on February 17, 2019, at 6 pm. The show will be followed by backstage press interviews and a chance for VIPs to meet and talk to the designers. Having burned the midnight oil for 8 years, Magpies & Peacocks founder and creative director Sarah-Jayne Smith, a British born US resident, commented on seeing the mission of the organization come full circle at LFW:
A change in the fashion industry is vital – it is our responsibility to ensure emerging designers focus on circular innovation and creative material sourcing, just as it is the responsibility of the consumer to do so with conscious understanding of how theytoo can effect change. Measuring our impact in reducing landfill haslittle value ifwe cannotshowbeauty and opportunityinwastematerial reuse as an essential resource in the emerging sustainable design landscape. Our journey as an environmental arts non-profit has not been easy, but change seldom is– we understand the size of the undertaking and just keep pushing! Fashion Scout as the largest platform for new and revolutionary fashion so is the ideal venue for showcasing our work and inspiring new agents of change, we are thrilled to be able to present our story and to be in such prestigious company.
Re:ne(w), By René For Magpies & Peacocks– DETUX, LUXURYDECONSTRUCTED a concept collection that highlights resource sustainability as the responsibility of the individual. Through the use of upcycled post-consumer textiles, the collection focuses on reusing fashion, textile, and accessory waste.This season René Garza for Magpies & Peacocks deconstructs the ultimate in luxury apparel, the tuxedo –taking a symbol that is synonymous with opulence and excess, and birthing it a second life. A life of sustainable conciseness.
#Undone, By Jerri Moore + Clarence Lee For Magpies & Peacocks–THE NEW AMERICANA is a nod to past Hollywood glamour recreated with unexpected upholstery jacquard and waxed linens–juxtaposing tailored preciseness with the comforting ease of unstructured layers, designed to challenge societal expectations of luxury. Moore and Lee have undressed vintage couture to create an unravelling journey of self awareness and self expression, presenting raw materials as a canvas for one’s self. The #Undone collection is highlighted by hand-painted custom textiles by acclaimed international artists Nicola Parenté and Robert Hodge.
Magpies & Peacocks is a Houston, Texas based non-profit design house (501c3) dedicated to the collection, curation, and sustainable reuse of post consumer/industrial textiles, to disrupt the cycle of waste in the fashion industry. The organization collaborates with designers and artists to create unique up-cycled, zero-waste collections and small batch re-manufactured products directed at creating conscious consumers; provides a resource library of reusable material for the creative community; offers skill building and sustainability education; and incubates circular fashion innovation.