TREASURE FROM TRASH
Inspired by trees, nature, and his grandfather’s commitment to recycling, Luis Valenzuela’s wearable masterpieces have an ethereal, regal quality that is even more impressive when you realize they’re derived from secondhand materials.
Through skilled draping and seaming, Valenzuela transforms waste materials into wearable couture.
Through skilled draping and seaming, the Venezuela-born designer transforms waste materials (some of which he salvaged from friends’ apartments) into wearable couture, such as curve-accentuating bodices made from pleated lampshade covers and sparkling, tiered gowns sewn from tufted black tulle and rogue chandelier crystals. The show wasn’t all fantasy, however. Many of the first looks, including an adorable full-bodied skirt worn by a pint-size model, could easily be whisked off the runway and into the streets.