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My sister and her friend are in the semi finals of a design competition. They had to make an outfit out of reusable material. They designed a beautiful gown out of damaged inner tubes of bicycle tyres, copper wire and old jewellery.
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Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Maude has run off from the poverty stricken countryside and from living under her father thumb to live in Paris. She was expecting to live a life of fun and excitement, glamour and extravagance. However she is finding it hard to earn a pittance and is living in a hovel.
One day she applies for a job and to her surprise is offered the position on the spot. A few moments later she is ushered into another room with the other workers and what she witnesses comes as a huge surprise. The job is to be a “Belle Epoque” which is described as being the paid plain or ugly companion of a wealthy society girl or woman whose position is intended to enhance the natural beauty of the girl or woman. Maude is horrified by the description of the position but inevitably decides to take it on.
However one strange caveat of Maudes first position is to act as just a friend to her companion and never mention that she is a Bell Epoque as she has been hired by the clients mother. Through this Muade is faced with many difficulties and hurdles to cross from her client, the clients mother and other family members and the employers at the Bell Epoque agency.
Comments: Beautiful imagery and description of fashion, society and Paris. Highly researched and descriptive with historic references and great detail surrounding the life of a Belle Epouque .
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Junk Kouture 2013
This is a totally off topic post. My sister and her friend entered a Irish National competition called Junk Kouture last Winter. The concept behind the competition is to create an outfit that is made mostly from re-used and re-cycled materials. For example, last years winners included outfits made from copper wire, orange peel, Coca-Cola cans and much more. The overall winners piece named Lady Data was made from pieces of computer keyboards.
Their piece is called “Tyre-iffic”. They have been working on the outfit since October 2012. The piece is made primarily from inner tubes found in tyres. They used tubes from bicycles, cars and go-kart tyres. Also as ERP are a major sponsor of the competition, entrants are encouraged to use recycled electronic materials so they incorporated blown and damaged fuses in to our outfit.
Out of over 2000+ entrants they got chosen as one of the final 320 entrants. They were placed with 82 other entrants in to the Western final of the competition in March 2013. The event took place at the Royal Theatre Castlebar. Backstage each group was visited by one of the judges – TV presenter & fashionista Darren Kennedy, model Faye Dinsmore, fashion design expert Tracey Fahey & Yvonne Holmes from ERP. Yvonne visited theirgroup but they also got to chat to Faye, Darren and the presenters Cheryl and Emile backstage as they were first to go onstage after the judges entrances. The performance was great and they ended up being announced as one of twenty finals to go to the National final.
The final will be held on April 19th 2013 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. I can’t wait to get there and see them perform .
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