WornOUT? 2019 Exhibition

Reverse Garbage Queensland sewing the threads to a Future without Waste

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Reverse Garbage Queensland will be returning to the Princess Theatre in November to celebrate Brisbane’s growing upcycle community of refashion, wearable art and cosplay designers in their annual WornOUT Exhibition.
What is the future of waste in the textile industry? This is the question that will be explored by Brisbane’s community of slow fashion designers when their creations hit the runway at Reverse Garbage Queensland’s (RGQ) WornOUT? 2019 Exhibition on Saturday the 23rd of November at the Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba.
According to Jane Milburn from Textile Beat, slow fashion advocate and Exhibition ambassador, 2017 data indicated that Australians were globally the second-largest consumers of new textiles, buying around 27kg of clothing and sending 23kg to landfill per person every year.
However, this trend could be set to turn with ThredUp, world’s largest fashion resale marketplace, reporting that the second hand market is expected to make up one third of global consumers’ wardrobes by 2033.
“We’ll be showcasing double the number of garments from last year, which is our largest contingency of refashion, wearable art and cosplay designers in our three-year history”, said Bill Ennals, Exhibition Coordinator.
“We think this jump in participation and community interest is a reflection of the changing tide on a growing consciousness amongst Brisbane’s fashion consumers,” he added.
As a part of WornOUT? 2019 Jane Milburn and Elizabeth Kingston, Exhibition Curator, will be collaborating to create a Community Participation garment solely made from upcycled denim. The ‘dress-in-progress’ debuted at the Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair on Sunday the 8th of September at the Carindale Recreation Reserve and is now currently on display at the warehouse for community members and customers to contribute to.
The final garment will be revealed as a part of the WornOUT refashion art category in a finale statement to the Future of Waste.
WornOUT 2019 is a free event open to all ages and will take place on Saturday the 23rd of November from 7pm to 10pm at the Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba.


WornOUT? is back for its 3rd year and will be held at the Princess Theatre, Brisbane on Saturday the 23rd of November.
This year our exhibition will take you on a journey to explore the Future of Waste through refashion, wearable art and cosplay.
If you’re a budding environmental designer, artist or advocate for slow fashion we want to know how you envision your creative impact to be as we pioneer our pathways towards a Future of Waste.
Expressions of interest are invited for ‘Worn OUT?’, our 2019 showcase of upcycled creations in three discrete categories: Refashion, Wearable Art and Cosplay.
The Cosplay showcase will feature an Upcycled Cosplay Challenge competition where selected applicants will create Cosplay outfits made from 100% salvaged materials, 90% of which must come from the RGQ warehouse.
You can apply using the forms linked below!
Good luck!

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