IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AUCTION OF EMILY IN PARIS CLOTHES
French nonprofit organization Renaissance, founded by fashion industry veteran Philippe Guilet, has auctioned off 44 outfits made from repurposed designer clothes, including one-of-a-kind looks worn by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu and Ashley Park in Season 2 of Emily in Paris. Accessories, jewelry, and photographs rounded out the offering.
Among the many creations sold off were a chain-embroidered cream dress and jacket worn by Leroy-Beaulieu and Park’s “Mount Fuji” dress, crafted by combining a Sonia Rykiel dress with embroidered Yohji Yamamoto combat pants.
The proceeds went towards Renaissance’s six-month training program for people from all over the world seeking jobs as qualified workers in the Haute Couture manufacturing arena. Guilet, who worked with Jean-Paul Gaultier as director of research for many years, is riding the trend for sustainable fashion, also by helping fashion brands repurpose their leftover stock after the French government introduced a law banning companies from destroying unsold products.