Diane Von Furstenberg is known for the wrap dress. Yves Saint Laurent for putting women in “power suits.” Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel for the iconic little black dress.
Joanna Del Giudice’s claim to fashion fame? Fully wearable, beautiful garments crocheted out of garbage bags, plastic shopping bags and VHS and cassette tapes.
For her senior honors thesis at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, the 21-year-old art education major from Centereach, N.Y. created wearable art — ten outfits made entirely out of items that most throw in the trash on a daily basis. Her collection includes a variety of pieces and styles, including a metallic vest made out of two VHS tapes, a black strapless dress and zigzag belt made from a trash bag and VHS tape, a metallic shawl made from four cassette tapes, a yellow and red circle skirt made from 65 “Shop Rite” bags and a stunning red corset made from 40 plastic bags.
“I love to see people’s reaction when they see it,” she said. “At first glance you can’t tell they are made out of plastic.”