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Eco Fashion Friday, Reclaimed Paper Beauty

Natalie's 2010 Trashfusion Submission

Our subject of fascination this week is fashion designer Natalie Simms.

We asked Natalie what her inspiration was for designing this recycled paper creation:

“For my Trash Fusion submission, I decided to explore the concept of making a very traditional garment using very non-tradition materials.  A wedding gown is a perfect example of a traditional garment that is rarely considered as a place to reduce, reuse and recycle.  It is more often than not constructed of entirely new materials and is rather wasteful considering such a dress is usually worn only once.  I chose to use a combination of recycled papers from industrial sources and water-based non-toxic Mod Podge to construct a wedding gown that pushes these societal boundaries.  My paper wedding gown features a classic two-piece strapless bustier and floor-length a-line skirt style with a twist. Being made of white and green-and-white patterned papers, it is a striking and eco-friendly conceptual take on the traditional wedding gown.”

(Pictured above: Natalie Simms with her Model and 2010 Ecofest Barrie Trashfusion Design)

Natalie Simms is a freelance fashion designer and sole proprietor of n.s. designs. Her designs feature unique style and modern edge from a wide range of inspirations. Simple, body-conscious silhouettes are accented with bold details and excellent quality. Natalie specializes in graphic tees, funky dresses and street wear but also produces custom creations such as bridal wear and costumes. All items are hand-made and hand-printed in downtown Toronto using socially and environmentally conscious methods and materials.

Unfortunately Natalie is on a temporary hiatus from designing and will not be entering  Ecofest Barrie’s Trashfusion contest this year. She is currently in the conceptual stage of designing  line of handbags made from reclaimed upholstery fabrics.

To stay up to date with Natalie Simms and n.s. designs like her on facebook (n.s. designs) or check out her website


May 6, 2011 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Eco Fashion Friday Rarity Style

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!

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

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