Going green to help slow global warming is not limited to construction and energy. Even the clothing we wear can promote conservation when we look to vintage fashion. Miamians will have a chance to see how vintage clothing and cutting edge fashion go hand in hand at the Miami Vintage Clothing and Accessories Show and Sale to be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16 at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, 2985 South Bayshore Drive.
“Instead of recreating what we already have, why don’t we re-use and re-work the original pieces?” says show founder Sheffield MacIntyre and owner of Back-In-Style.com, an Internet vintage store. “Not only is it better for the environment, but the clothes are also of better quality and better made, and often a lot less expensive.” Contemporary designers often look to vintage pieces for inspiration.
Wearing vintage clothing is good for the environment in a number of ways. It recycles the embedded energy that it took to make the garment in the first place, like making the fabric, dying it, cutting the pattern, constructing the garment and adding details. Re-using clothing helps cut back some of the estimated four million tons of textiles that are sent to municipal landfills each year, which produce methane gas, contributing to global warming.
The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove is sponsoring a special Charity Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 14 from 7-9 p.m., offering attendees first selection of merchandise, as well as entertainment and complimentary food and drink. All proceeds from the $25 ticket sales that evening will benefit the Woman’s Club’s projects. The show will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with a $5 entrance fee.