After the Runway

fwdonorsThe NYC fashion industry has been helping Materials for the Arts pile on the pounds for decades. In just the last 3 years, the industry has diverted 127,000 pounds of materials away from the landfill by donating to us. In turn, these fashion products have been transformed into costumes, artworks, classroom projects, and so much more. As Fashion Week comes to a close, we want to celebrate some of fabulous designers and donors:

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Leftover fabrics, trim, props, and more that have lived window displays and store mannequins or were originally intended for lush gowns and trendy tops become reusable materials that benefit the arts, education, and cultural community of NYC.

Here are some of examples of creative reuse made possible by the fashion industry:

Masked Marvelous party decor. (Thank you Marc Jacobs for the display cubes!).

Masked Marvelous party decor. (Thank you Marc Jacobs for the display cubes!).

Storm skirts by MFTA artist-in-residence Vadis Turner

Storm skirts by MFTA artist-in-residence Vadis Turner

 

Tactile puppets for creative learning in ELA curriculum

Tactile puppets for creative learning in ELA curriculum

Living painting and performance in a Girl without Wings

Living painting and performance in A Girl without Wings

Shakespeare costumes (Hip to Hip, made by costume designer Nancy Nichols)

Shakespeare costumes (Hip to Hip, made by costume designer Nancy Nichols)

Thank you so much for outfitting our creative programs and keeping reuse in style!