Prêt-à-Jeter (French: “ready to throw away”)
This sculpture is a play on the French words Prêt-à-Porter or ready-to-wear fashion. What happens to clothing when you no longer want to wear it? Goodwill? Ebay? Some gets recycled. Most discarded textiles and synthetic fibers go to land fill, and disposable fashion has become the world’s next big environmental problem with its greenhouse emissions, water use and plastic pollution.
Modern-day clothing is designed on a dime and planned for obsolescence. From riches to rags, this ugly story of a fashion problem is represented in a shabby-chic style utilizing repurposed objects and personal clothing items. Old t-shirts were stripped, stretched, wrapped, and re-knitted with partial jeans to create a skirt. Oversized stitches expose the human hand's substitution of a nimble-needled machine. Recycled accessories adorn an anorexic sculpture of a runway model striking a pose, assembled from repurposed objects including a tomato cage, cardboard delivery boxes, lights, curtains and reclaimed wood.
Please dress responsibly.
Prêt-à-Jeter (French: “ready to throw away”) Mixed media sculpture of reclaimed wire, wood, clothing & other objects 23”w X 78”h
Film - Prêt à jeter - l'obsolescence programmée