Luis Valenzuela Turns Trash Into Couture at New York Fashion Week

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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.

+ Luis Valenzuela

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2 Responses to “Luis Valenzuela Turns Trash Into Couture at New York Fashion Week”

  1. jssk6 says:

    love it! Luis Valenzuela encompasses both my drive for sustainable design and Venezuelan heritage. I’m glad to find another successful Venezuelan and eco fashion designer in NY fashion week.

  2. pearl pablo says:

    Hello my name is pearl iam 16 i go to haywood high school in the uk stoke-on-trent also i study textiles beacause i get inspired by the unusual yet creative design’s that you have made.
    moreover i just wanted to ask a quesstion for my GED coursework
    i am asking this quesstion towards luis valenzuela why he uses eco-design’s for example the flag dress,foot ball dress,map dress.when i first senn these dress i am already very impresed on the designs tha luis valenzuela has made. thankyou for reading my letter i hope you can answer my quesstion.

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