Not to be outdone by Versace and Stella McCartney, new fashion designers in Kalamazoo, Mich., are creating their own runway-worthy upcycled fashions too. Local high school students in a youth arts program called Style Studio went shopping for second-hand clothes at Goodwill -- then turned them into outfits fit to wear to school.

The students' work, dubbed the Eco-Fresh fashion line, culminated in a 10-minute runway show last night. Reports the Kalamazoo Gazette:

Several students used skirts to create dresses and long-sleeved blouses to create tops. One student turned an old jacket into a vest.... The community donated six sewing machines for the students to use, Johnson said. Some students used sewing machines donated by relatives. The students worked at Fire.

The students also took part in every aspect of the creation of their fashion show, from establishing a financial budget for the event to staging and choreography.

The choice to upcycle must certainly have helped stay within the budget! Sure, fancy organic and eco-silk fabrics may be unaffordable for many newbie designers, but upcycling opportunities are cheap and plentiful for anyone with a vision and a pre-loved sewing machine. Get the whole story -- along with pictures of some of the student-designed fashions -- at Kalamazoo Gazette.

(via Ethical Style)

Upcycled fashions by teen designers
Goodwill clothes get refashioned into runway wear by high school students in Kalamazoo, Michigan.