When I recently interviewed Sass Brown, I found Gibbous Fashions on EcoFashion Talk. Gibbous describes themselves as a "miniature fashion house" that's committed to "harvesting the lost trinkets of the city" (they're located in the San Francisco Bay Area) and turning them into one-of-a-kind clothing from "left-behind" things - starting from scratch. Their work, often infused with humor, is very vintage in style.
The four designers of Gibbous re-use a variety of materials, like old Victorian clothes, stained silk slips, buttons, coins, and even keys. Their motto is, "From the freebox to the couture house." They turn discarded clothing and found objects into artful, playful pieces.
Each of their creations is made from piecing together layers of tattered and shredded cloth and often includes embroidery or hand stitching as part of the design. The pretty dress above is made almost entirely out of vintage scarves.
The signature skirt (above) is interesting with the all the different materials, patterns, and varying lengths of cloth. The mismatched stockings are a nice compliment to this outfit.
I like that Gibbous makes statements about the importance of recycling and moving away from our 'throwaway' culture and mass market fashion to a model that's respectful of the earth's finite resources. Maybe the best part is that they pursue their mission with humor, as you can see from the photos here.
So, the next time you're thinking of discarding old clothing, donate it to Gibbous Fashions instead. They're always looking for pre-worn items to reinvent.