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dresses that weren’t asked to the prom, reinvented as handbags!

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I was recently asked to participate in an upcoming fundraiser for the  Ruby Room, which will be hosting a Fashion Show and auction featuring reworked fashions by Seattle designers, tomorrow night.  Earlier this year, I got to visit the Ruby Room myself and choose the “dresses that weren’t asked to the prom” to re-invent into a limited-edition collection of bags that will be auctioned off tomorrow night. Here’s a few photos of the behind-the-scenes at Ruby Room, a a local non-profit that provides formal gowns to low-income high school girls for their proms and homecoming dances.

 

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I selected cast-off dresses that had a sturdy weave, and a lot of texture to experiment with. After cutting the bags apart and reinforcing the fabric pleats with interfacing – I created a collection of handbags that are luxe yet durable enough to be worn everyday.

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Suggested retail on these one of a kind bags is $198, with all auction proceeds going to benefit Ruby Room.

 

 

Fashion Faux Pas to Fashion Fabulous

Benefit Fashion Show and Auction 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.

Campion Ballroom, Seattle University Campus
901 Twelfth Street, Seattle, WA

 

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Crystalyn Kae Brennan Crystalyn is a handbag designer in Brooklyn, NY. Her sustainable luxury handbags are made in USA with ethically-sourced leather and unique vintage fabrics. Read more »


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