Alt Couture: Indy's Alternative Trade Fashion Magazine
For my senior art project, I created Alt Couture, an "alternative" fashion magazine. My sophomore year at Butler University, two very different classes managed to change my perspective on the origins of my fashion. A Global and Historical Studies class revealed to me the reality of where our clothes are made and the poor working conditions that the workers in foreign factories often endure. For a speech class that same year, I researched global working conditions and gave a speech about how Fair Trade products provide a glowing alternative to the outsourced labor that produces our fashion. As a reaction to all of this, I started wondering, what if we all put a little more effort into considering how to make a statement about ourselves with our clothing's origin? This question is the driving force behind Alt Couture. I created trendy outfits out of clothing purchased and up-cycled from thrift shops for a fashion photo shoot, interviewed local shop owners who sell fair trade and socially responsible fashions, and put it all into this magazine.
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