Eco Fashion Friday Rarity Style

April 29, 2011 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

We were thrilled to have Vanessa Lee Wishart enter our Trashfusion design contest last year, and can hardly wait to see what she comes up with this year! 

We asked Vanessa what inspires her to create eco friendly pieces, here is what she said:

I chose to create reclaimed fashion because I have an appreciation for vintage fabrics and fashions.  I enjoy challenging myself, whether it’s using unconventional materials, vintage garments, or retro fabrics with limited yardage.  I want to show the world that recycling can be fun, and fashionable.  My biggest inspiration is my friends, family, boyfriend and most of all life.  I learn something new everyday, and I try to incorporate new ideas into my designs.

A little more about Vanessa

Vanessa Lee Wishart has been in the fashion/costume industry for over 10 years. During that time, Vanessa and her clothing line, Vicerra has been featured in various magazines and newspapers such as Eye, TFM Magazine, Globe and Mail, etc. She has won various awards for her work such as Trash Fusion award, Costume Museum of Canada Recon competition, and The Art of Fashion Award, which she has won twice. She has been involved in many fashion shows and events including Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, Fashion Cares, Caribana, and Pride. Her talents are not restricted to fashion, but costuming for film, television, and theatre. She recently was a costumer for Cirque Du Soleil: Elvis, Wardrobe Head at Evil Dead: The Musical in Toronto, and assisted the costume designer of Intimate Apparel, and Wizard of Oz at CanStage on the behalf of Obsidian Theatre Company.

 Vanessa has designed costumes for many performers for stage performance as well as their music videos such as “When u Whine it”(Casper), “Tan-Tan”(Farm P) and movies such as “Reverie”(Winlea Productions) and “The Last Jinn” (Red Productions). Vanessa studied Fashion at the International Academy of Design, as well as George Brown College for Millinery. She has taken classes in fabric dyeing, tutu-making, bra making, felting, and she continues to update her skills. ( All of the dresses pictured above can be purchased on her website, )

Take a look at some shots from her 2010 Trashfusion design below (which is also for sale on her website!)

Model Sabina Krupic

For more info or to connect with Vanessa and Rarity:


Facebook: Vanessa Lee Wishart

Twitter: @Vicerra

Linkedin: Vanessa Lee Wishart, Vicerra

For more info on Trashfusion:


Facebook: Trash Fusion

Twitter: @trashfusion

Thanks Vanessa for your involvement with Trashfusion and Ecofest! For more info on how you can be featured on our blog contact ecofesttracy(at)gmail(dot)com or comment below! Happy Eco Fashion Friday!


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