Waste not, want one

Sat, Jan 12, 2013, 00:00

The Irish designer Olwen Bourke has designed frocks for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for four years, and now does some work for the Royal Opera House. She launches a new ethical fashion website next month.

Her first collection, called Paradise Lost, inspired by jungles, feather and Japanese silkscreen prints, uses found and reclaimed materials to create one-off, luxury pieces. Many of her dresses, in hand-dyed silk, cotton, wool and leather, are embellished with elaborate motifs made in her London studio. Next year she will launch an off-the-peg range at more affordable prices. See olwenbourke.com.

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