USED PINK: French non-profit organization Renaissance is holding an auction of outfits made from repurposed designer clothes, including one-of-a-kind looks worn by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu and Ashley Park in the second season of ‘Emily in Paris’ .
The group, founded by fashion industry veteran Philippe Guilet, trains job seekers through a six-month program aimed at familiarizing them with the techniques and lingo of haute couture, the top of the pyramid fashion industry that relies on highly skilled workers to produce bespoke garments.
Renaissance is offering 76 lots in the auction, which will be held Thursday at Drouot in Paris to coincide with Paris Couture Week. They include 44 recycled outfits, accessories, jewelry and photographs, the proceeds of which will fund the training program.
A cream dress and jacket embroidered with chains worn by Leroy-Beaulieu in the popular Netflix series are estimated at 400 to 500 euros. Park’s “Mount Fuji” dress, made by pairing a Sonia Rykiel dress with embroidered Yohji Yamamoto combat pants, is expected to sell for $150-$180.
Installed in a housing estate in the south of Paris, the workshop welcomes participants from Chechnya, Algeria, Morocco, Ukraine, Turkey, Guinea, Moldova, France, Côte d’Ivoire, Afghanistan and Brazil, and brings together both tailors and absolute beginners.
Guilet, who spent nearly a decade working as research director alongside Jean Paul Gaultier, capitalized on a growing trend towards sustainable fashion, which was reinforced by the introduction of a French law barring companies to destroy unsold products. Its “Detox your Stock” program aims to help fashion brands find new uses for their inventory.
To demonstrate her skills, her team created outfits incorporating elements such as vintage kimonos; a Jean Paul Gaultier tailor; a Fendi dress; a Christian Lacroix haute couture skirt and a set of 20 wedding dresses offered by wedding dress designer Celestina Agostino.
Some were embroidered on site, while others were embellished through a partnership with the Kalhath Institute, an embroidery center in India.
Guilet has managed to attract a number of high-profile backers, with donors ranging from big socialites like Jacqueline de Ribes, who donated one of her couture dresses, to companies such as the firm of construction Vinci and airport operator Groupe ADP, who donated uniforms for recycling. .
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