Shared from the 3/25/2020 Southern Courier eEdition

After a fashion: it’s debris transformed

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Marina DeBris with an abandoned bird cage which is refashioned to be part of her Beach Couture: A Haute Mess exhibition at La Perouse. Picture: Craig Wilson

SYDNEY “trashion” queen Marina DeBris won’t be caged in by traditional ideas of high fashion or our penchant for rampant consumerism.

In her hands the waste that washes up our beaches is refashioned into “art with a message”.

“The message is around not using unnecessary items, especially single use plastics,” she said.

Beach Couture: A Haute Mess, featuring gowns and costumes made by DeBris from beach trash, will be on show at the La Perouse Museum from March 27- August 2 as part of Happy Valley that ties two exhibitions together under the theme of “making do”.

“All the pieces are made up from trash collected mostly from the ocean,” the Coogee-based artist said.

In her hands an abandoned bird cage can be headwear with a message about not caging in out marine life with our pollution and ocean flotsam takes flight as a pair of wings that carry hope for a cleaner future.

Beach Couture: A Haute Mess is running in tandem with La Perouse in the Depression, a social history exhibition featuring rare and moving sights, sounds, memories and treasures evoking the unique experience of the unemployment camps that appeared around La Perouse from the 1930s.

b La Perouse Museum, March 27-August 2. Free entry.

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