Photos by Lucy Campbell

For her graduate collection, Central Saint Martins fashion student Jolene Fung turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: vintage furniture. You’d be hard-pressed to suss out the provenance of her chosen textile, however. Crafted using upcycled plastic bags from Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development, Fung’s show-stopping gowns combine the functional, streamlined beauty of midcentury design with the post-war opulence of Christian Dior’s “New Look.” Make no mistake, there’s nothing rubbish about them.

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BAG LADIES

The London-based designer, who presented the garments at an exhibit at her alma mater in June, also borrowed cues from the hide-away construction that dominated the 1950s and ’60s. A system of interlocking seams means no stitching is necessary.

Fung also borrowed cues from the hide-away construction that dominated the 1950s and ’60s.

“I have combined traditional pattern cutting skill with packaging technique to create my own way to construct the garments,” Fung says. “There is no sewing involved and everything is fully foldable.”

+ Jolene Fung