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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Beirut sends upcycled fabrics down the runway - in pictures 

The fashion exhibition and stalls feature 100 re-purposed items

FabricAid, a second-hand clothes collector and distributor based in Lebanon, organised an upcycled fashion exhibition and shopping experience in Beirut on August 16. The event featured more than 100 vintage items that were refashioned by design students and sewed by Sawa for Development and Aid's women refugee tailors.

According to Sass Brown, founding dean of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, of the 400 billion metres of textiles produced each year, about 60 billion metres ends up on the factory floor. Upcycling, then, is a necessary step to curb the wastefulness that the fashion industry has become notorious for. And, as the images in the gallery above show, the results can be attractive and wearable.

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