2007: Designer and scholar Rebecca Earley actively explores methods of “upcyling,” a recycling concept in which the resultant product is one of equal or greater value. This tunic began as a secondhand garment that Earley transformed through various technologies, such as heat photogram printing, during the course of a research project entitled “Ever & Again: Rethinking Recycled Textiles.”
2002: Luxury entails sensual delight as well as visual excess. A quintessential luxury fabric, cashmere comes from the underdown of the Cashmere goat and is expensive to produce. Today, coarser hairs are often blended with the more refined wools, reducing the cost of cashmere, but also the quality.