Glamspoon Recycled Gowns for The Ruby Room Auction 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

This is not the first time we talk of Seattle based recycled clothing designer Tina, and her collection glam.spoon; first appearing on Recycled Fashion's About My Shop #2 feature in February 2011.

This time however, we are featuring glam.spoon's 100% recycled gowns, made specifically for The Ruby Room's charity auction fashion event. The Ruby Room's annual event took place on 1st October 2011 this year, at the Seattle University Campus.

"The Ruby Room is a nonprofit organization that provides formal gowns to Seattle area high school girls who are unable to purchase their own dance attire. Dresses and accessories are collected throughout the year and made available at boutiques in the spring. Each girl is paired with a personal shopper volunteer who assists her in picking out the perfect gown. Dances are a significant milestone in the life of a young woman and you can contribute to a memory that will last a lifetime. Help us send these girls to a dance with elegance and style!"

Gown #1 Worn by Thea Starr

Size: 12/14; Retail value, $300

Onyx velvet one-shoulder cocktail dress with satin full skirt absolutely covered in 25 yards of fabric. The texture of the skirt is created with hand cut and folded black tulle circles which creates the three dimensional volume. In its former life, this dress was floor length and high necked with several layers of fabric intended to completely cover up your figure. Now it's ready for a cocktail party!

Gown #2 worn by Jina Starr

Size: 2/4; Retail value, $400

Multiple shades of red, rust, fire, fuschia and purple come together to create this layered ombre gown. Details include torn, raw edges, a refashioned neckline and delicate shoulder straps. The base dress is made of polyester satin, and all of the layers of ruffles come from the repurposed linings of at least 10 other dresses. Before its makeover, this dress was very plain with a cowl draped neckline that was less than flattering. Refashioned into a smooth, sleek silhouette, this dress will have movement and style as you enter the party.

Gown #3 worn by Pamela Trevithick

Size 6/8; Retail value, $200
The subtle rose print on the bodice of the dress gives depth to this strapless gown, which flows into a full a-line skirt made from multiple layers of recycled linen. the ties in the back of the dress give a hint of femininity. The before photo of this dress shows a vibrantly colored bodice with a mermaid hem and way too much tulle, along with stark black elastic bands across the back. We rescued this prom dress from the 80's vault by dyeing the print, softening the closures and smoothing out the silhouette.

Gown #4 worn by Cindy Smith Benson

Size 4/6; Retail value, $400

Make a statement when you enter a room wearing this floor length vibrant hued gown covered in hand pleated ruffles placed in a subtle ombre pattern of reds, purples and burgundies, with a feminine floral detail at the back of the neck. The neckline used to be quite boring with a high wide neck, so we transformed it into more of a diamond shape to flatter the shoulders and show a little more skin. The ruffles were created using handcut uneven strips of several recycled dress linings that took days to apply to the entire gown

Gown #5

Size 0/2; Retail value, $300

Walk the red carpet in this Black Swan inspired ballerina dress, constructed from the underlining tulle skirts of 12 different gowns and hand placed tulle details on the bodice. The hair piece was made from the bedazzled detail from the front of the dress, which we removed along with the entire top layer of fabric from the original dress. The bones and lining of the dress became the star and we embellished the simple silhouette with yards and yards of tulle to give it romance, elegance and poise.

Gown #6 worn by Wendy Colbert

Size 12/14; Retail value, $400
A simple and conservative a-line bridesmaid dress is unrecognizable after the transformation into an off the shoulder asymmetrical gown with hand placed circle appliques around the short front hem and the floor grazing train in back. The deep shade of burgundy is sophisticated when paired with bright red shimmering circles and black lace, finished off with the full, floral shoulder appliques, to brings this garment from the wedding party to the red carpet.

*Each gown sold for over $125, with one reaching $385.*

I am sure you will agree that all of Tina's designs are remarkably elegant, but if you were pushed to pick one favourite gown, which would it be?



Rachel said...

I love gown 5!

Dogstar Bazaar said...

Gown 1!

glam.spoon said...

Thank you Erica! Such a fabulous event to participate in. Can't wait to get started on next year's gowns! :)

Corina said...

Those are gorgeous!

Wag Doll said...

Ooh all these are stunning! I esp love gown 5.

Wag Doll said...

Oh all these are stunning - I esp love gown 5!

Sarah M said...

I'd pick gown #3. Elegant, but wearable to a number of occassions, both formal and informal.

my thrifty closet said...

very beautiful gowns, I would pick #5 cuz it's vintage 50's look and very theatrical


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