Besides the unlikely marriage of swimwear and haute couture, From Somewhere and Speedo are also making history with a new sartorial concept. “The range comprises a wide variety of products,” says Orsola de Castro, co-owner of From Somewhere, “[from] eveningwear made from over 60 swimsuits to the super-wearable ‘Swimdress,’ a new concept in swimwear as daywear. We’re sure fashion followers will be delighted with the results.”
The outfits all consist of upcycled Speedo LZR Racer full-body swimsuits, which were banned after the Beijing Olympics.
The outfits all consist of upcycled Speedo LZR Racer full-body swimsuits, which were banned by FINA after Michael Phelps’ record-breaking victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As a result, Speedo found itself with a massive surplus inventory of unsalable suits . The swimwear manufacturer came up with some interesting solutions, including commissioning students to create a shiny spandex pavilion for the London Festival of Architecture, as well as challenging undergrads from the London College of Fashion, University College Falmouth, and the University of Huddersfield to reimagine the garments.