Saturday, May 28, 2022

WornOUT? Exhibition 2019 – Brisbane

When is a Garment Really Worn Out?

Calling all eco warriors , upcycle enthusiasts and Slow Fashion afficionados!  Isn’t that everyone?! Mark your diaries for Brisbane’s annual WornOUT? Exhibition on Saturday 23 November, at the Princess Theatre Woollooonggabba. There you can join your fellow upcyclers for a demonstration of the endless possibilities for recycling clothing and textiles. Prepare to review your ideas about what “worn out” means. The event is organised by Reverse Garbage Queensland, a non-profit co-op that promotes environmental sustainability and resource re-use.

Fashion Waste?

What’s the future of textile waste? Brisbane’s upcycle set are going to show everyone, as their creations hit the runway in an entertaining and upbeat approach to recycled fashion. There’ll be separate runways for Refashion, Wearable Art and Cosplay.

WornOut 2019
Image Credit: Johnathon Rampling, Reverse Garbage

If you haven’t heard already,  Aussies are the second largest consumers of new textiles.  Jane Milburn, a slow fashion advocate and member of the Fashion Revolution, says that we’re buying around 27kilos of clothing and sending 23kilos to landfill per person every year.

And yet across the globe, the pre-loved clothing market is the fastest growing segment in fashion. By 2033, it’s expected that the second-hand market will become one third of global sales!

Reverse Garbage Logo

Meanwhile, WornOUT? Exhibition Co-ordinator Bill Ennals has outlined that the exhibition will be twice as large as last year. “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.”

worn out
Photo: Christine Hahn,

Denim Community Creation

As a part ofWornOUT? 2019, Jane Milburn  and exhibition curator Elizabeth Kingston  will be collaborating to create a Community Participation garment solely made from upcycled denim. The ‘dress-in-progress’ is currently on display at the Reverse Garbage warehouse so community members and customers can participate in its creation before the final garment is revealed on the night.


What: WornOUT? 2019
When: Saturday 23 November 2019
Where: 8 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba, Qld
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Cost: FREE, open to all ages


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