Category Archives: clothing

Just one more

This week I had the pleasure of going to a Trashion Show at our local Flood Brook School. The show was organized by the school’s amazing art teacher, Casey Bailey, and the designers and models were middle school students. The clothes were made from paper bags, plastic bags, newspaper, and more, and there were some pretty fabulous fashions. These kids taught me a thing or two about brown paper bags! A favorite of mine was a Mad Hatter’s hat made from a grocery bag, and I ran right home to try one myself.



If you want to make one, just start rolling up the bottom of the bag, shape it any way you want, and add decorations as you please. Thanks for the inspiration, kids! Just in time for Halloween.

Grocery bag fashion

More brown paper grocery bag appreciation today. The strength and body of the bag paper has inspired some designers to create amazing apparel. Here are some favorites.

Artist Cynthia Jensen created a series of paper bag dresses titled Bag Lady. This is Bag Lady 1:

Here’s an origami dress made with Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s brown-paper grocery bags from Simply Defined (Green) Project. This artist also makes dresses with newspaper, garbage bags, plastic water bottles, and soda pop cans.

This paper dress found on Seemingly So wasn’t technically made from shopping bags, but it’s got an interesting story, so I thought I could cheat a little and include it. Nathalie Graafland, curator of the blog, writes, “Scott Paper Company created this paper dress in 1966, intended as a marketing tool. For one dollar, women could buy the dress and also receive coupons for Scott paper products. The paper dress wasn’t an invention meant to be taken seriously, but women surprised the company by ordering half a million of these dresses in under a year.”

And finally, for accessorizing, here are some Foldbags from designer Ilvy Jacobs. Foldbags were made by reshaping regular brown paper bags and creating a new silhouette. Jacobs says, “By transforming its usual shape I try to make it stand out and hopefully it will be cherished instead of being just thrown away.”

Tomorow: The king of paper bag art!