If you aren’t recognizing also that Jan. 25 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, then you’re not alone. We were also oblivious to this calendar event until recently, but decided that it deserved to be celebrated in fashion. Literally.
While the bulky plastic material is almost exclusively used to protect fragile items during shipping, we figured it could also induce some fairly clever apparel designs. To that end, we challenged the bright young minds at New York City’s High School of Fashion Industries( HSFI) to design runway-ready appears with 450 feet of Bubble Wrap provided by the folks at Sealed Air.
Mission impossible? Not for these kids. In simply three days the students, who are all members of the school’s Fashion With A Purpose Club, created eight mind-blowing ensembles — from cocktail dresses and cropped coats to voluminous harem gasps and Bubble Wrap adorned shoes.
“It’s right in the element of what we do, so we were really excited, “Belinda David, the student’s HSFI teacher, told The Huffington Post. “I think they did an amazing job”
David is also the faculty advisor for the Fashion With A Purpose Club, which is an extra-curricular organization that allows the students to study global and social awareness and then generate designs with sustainable and recyclable materials.
To add another element of fun, we asked TV personality and style expert Tai Beauchamp to join HuffPost’s executive editor of Crime and Weird News, Buck Wolf, and HuffPost senior manner editor Julee Wilson to judge the designs in true “Project Runway” style at HuffPost’s New York City headquarters.