3,000 bus tickets + 6 hula hoops = ???

Hey everyone! Remember the Garbage Fashion Show I mentioned last month? I found a photo of the winning entry and thought I’d share it here:


Isn’t it amazing? Violet Patrich is the designer of this impressive dress, made up of three thousand used bus tickets. Every time you take transit in Vancouver you use up a paper ticket, unless you have a monthly pass. Crazy to think of how much paper waste that is, right? Enough to make a floor-length gown apparently! There are six used hula hoops in the skirt to give it structure. (Funny enough, I found this photo posted on the blog for Translink, our transit system. They must have liked her creative use of leftover bus tickets!)

I didn’t get a chance to take photos or anything at the event. It went by so fast! There were thirty participants and they came down the runway quickly, one after the other, stopping onstage for what felt like thirty seconds before they were gone!

I wish I had more photos to share of the other participants. So many creative ideas to make clothing out of old materials. There was a pinstripe suit made from old McDonald’s fry containers – you know, with the yellow stripes! I remember one dress with a fluffy toilet-paper skirt and pop-can bodice that from far away looked wearable – in a photograph you’d think it was a regular party dress. Everything from plastic grocery bags, candy wrappers, pop-can tops linked together to form chain mail to the tiny plastic wineglasses used for church communion. Impressive! I’m glad I was able to be part of the event.

More photos here. What do you think of the winning entry?

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11 Responses to 3,000 bus tickets + 6 hula hoops = ???

  1. Inna May 17, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    Violet can kick ass to anybody on Project Runway! Fantastic!

  2. LLBB May 17, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    I’m impressed!

  3. Seraphinalina May 17, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Well isn’t that cool. A lovely use of the various colours in tickets. Well done.

  4. Sweety Darlin' May 17, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I love this dress! I want this as a halloween costume!

  5. Jo B May 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    It reminds me of the Wearable Arts show we have in NZ. Designers from all over the world enter these days and it is a fantastic show, they even have a bra section which is incredible. http://www.worldofwearableart.com/category/image-galleries/winners/2010-winners

    • Lucy May 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Oh yeah, WoW is, um, like, WOW (lol). I’ll never forget one year when I was in high school and we took a trip to the museum where they had an exhibition of former entries, and there was this one evening gown made entirely from the ring-pulls of drink cans wired together. There must have been thousands in there. It was a fantastic dress too, slinky and with a slit up the side. For a while I collected the ring-pulls with the aim of making a skirt out of them but gave up after I’d got about 100 and realised how few that was ;-)

  6. Nothy Lane May 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Amazing! I love art shows like this one. There is one yearly at the local college here. Last year the challenge was to recycle materials into art. There was a recycled book that was painted white and then folded into origami figures. It was so great.

  7. Meraj May 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    It’s a great dress — and I know that the piece is meant to highlight the huge amounts of waste we produce as cities, but I can’t help but sense a kind of city pride when I look at it. (As a commuter, I always feel this weird giddiness when I see TTC-based art here in Toronto!)

  8. Jen May 20, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Hi Tasia, just popping in to say I LOVE the cambie dress, its beautiful and just what I’ve been looking for :) I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I was in Vancouver!

    Anyway, can’t wait for Cambie to be released, I already have my fabric.


  9. Tia Dia May 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    A-may-zing! I love art/fashion like this!

  10. Mandykatt July 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I know this is an old old post, but I had to share. I have been saving bus tickets since I moved to Vancouver ten years ago with an idea to create a skytrain model out of them. It makes me happy to see I’m not the only one who thought of reusing them.