‘Worn OUT?!?' will showcase the creative potential of pre-loved materials and materials salvaged from the waste stream so all garments, costumes and accessories featured in the exhibition must consist of a minimum of 75% ‘non-new’ materials. It will also question the hyper-consumption and throw-away aspects of contemporary life and demonstrate an alternative approach to fashion and costume design.
The exhibition will focus on upcycled wearable art and consist of two discrete showcases, Refashion and Cosplay. It will be launched with a free opening night event featuring a runway show for each of these components on Saturday 28th of October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm. The exhibition will continue to run with a static display of selected Refashion garments, Cosplay outfits and accessories for the following week in Reverse Emporium, the upcycled art and craft gift shop at RGQ’s Woolloongabba warehouse.
The Cosplay showcase will also feature an Upcycled Cosplay Challenge competition where selected applicants will create Cosplay outfits made from 100% salvaged materials, 90% of which must come from the RGQ warehouse. Challenge competitors will be given a $200 voucher for use in the RGQ warehouse to subsidise their making and there will be a $500 RGQ gift voucher awarded to the winner of the challenge.
Australian refashion pioneers Jane Milburn and Elizabeth Kingston – renowned for supporting independent and timeless style based on creative reuse of existing resources – are co-curating the Refashion showcase.
Long-time Cosplayer and creative re-user Jillian Rose will curate the Cosplay showcase and encourages Brisbane's Cosplay community to get involved and come along in their own Cosplay creations – upcycled where possible of course.
More information available here.