Lithuanian designer Egle Cekanaviciute wants to take us back to nature. But she recognizes that people are busy these days. Not everyone has time to hike through a forest, see plants at their local botanical gardens, or even stop and smell the roses. So she decided to bring nature to us with Seed, green clothing that doubles as plant pots. Now that’s taking “eco fashion” to a whole new level!
Cekanaviciute took natural, rough fabrics like muslin–and even potato sacks–and skillfully added “pocket plots” for a little soil and water. The plant clothing definitely creates different lines than we’re used to seeing in fashion, but the look is far from awkward. The designs have a whimsical elegance about them that turns the wearer into a fantastical nature spirit, like a dryad or fairy. Yet the simple fabric choices brings the look back “down to earth.”
Cekanaviciute’s inspiration came from a poem containing the lines, “A seed can’t help but rise up from the darkness where it lays. It has to.” She says the plant-based designs are a metaphor for humanity’s helplessness against nature. They have also been compared to the power nature has to reclaim what we create, and our own ability to grow when we do what comes naturally or use green technology.
This plant fashion trend may seem strange, but is it really so different from women carrying little dogs around in purses and clothing pouches? It’s a pooch-pouch for plant lovers! You’d have to be careful when sitting down when wearing a Seed garment, though. You wouldn’t want to crush the plants or send soil spilling everywhere.
While we might not see plant people parading around the streets anytime soon, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bjork in something like this at the next Grammy Awards.
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