A Closer Look: Fashionable use for old banners

What do you do with two boxes full of no-longer-needed street-pole banners? Give them new life as clothing.

A photo of two dresses made from old SF State banners hanging in a classroom.

SF State apparel design students made garments such as the ones seen above from old street pole banners, a project that trained them on working with nontraditional material and thinking outside the box.

Twenty-four students in Assistant Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Kelly Reddy-Best's Apparel Design Problems class took the roughly 50 banners -- previously used to market SF State on streetlight poles throughout San Francisco -- and converted them into a variety of clothing pieces for a project that combines art, sustainability and fashion ingenuity.

"It really helped train students to think outside the box and use non-traditional materials," Reddy-Best said, adding that the pieces are considered "wearable art" and not something that would be sold and worn normally. "It makes them appreciate fabric."

The heavy vinyl of the banners required the use of larger industrial machines, as well as heavy incorporation of materials such as Velcro and grommets. The pieces will be incorporated into the department's annual fashion show to be held May 1 at the San Francisco Design Center.

-- Jonathan Morales

A photo of SF State student Helen Nguyen adjusting a dress she designed from old SF State banners.

Apparel and design student Helen Nguyen adjusts a dress she made from old SF State banners.

A photo of Assistant Professor on Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Kelly Reddy-Best adjusting a jacket made from old SF State banners.

Assistant Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Kelly Reddy-Best adjusts a jacket a group of her students made from old SF State banners.

A photo of garments made from old SF State banners lying on a worktable.

The garments seen above will be part of the department's annual fashion show, which will take place on May 1.

 

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2016-01-27 12:15
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