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Young Designer Focuses on Recycled Fashion to Change the Mindset of Shoppers

One Pratt Institute student decided to make recycled fashion her entire thesis. Designer, Margaret Burton used only textiles that she sourced by deconstructing garments from friends, family, and thrift stores. She didn’t bother to disguise their origins, choosing instead to incorporate the original items’ clothing tags, logos, and distinctive prints into her designs.


“I decided to only use things that have already been made, trying to get people to stop buying so much,” she said.


“I want people to gain a new perspective on fashion,” she said. “I want to unveil the glam that it’s so often portrayed as in magazines and bring it back to its rawness. So I would like to have people meditate on that.”