University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Eco Pop Dress

Anny Li-Fen Chang, Faculty, U of North Texas

To promote environmental awareness, this design creates a modern wearable dress using recyclables. Can tabs were selected for their interesting shape, smooth texture, and size, all features that make them excellent material for application, almost as sequins on apparel.

It took nearly five years to collect the garment’s approximately 2,500 can tabs. Inspired by Vasily Kandinsky’s 1926 painting Several Circles, the dress’s pattern reflects its shape and vibrant colors. To incorporate the tabs with apparel and diminish wearer restrictions, I chose an A-line flare silhouette. I spray painted the tabs with several coats of paint and used hand stitching to sew them to the garment lining.


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Goldstein Museum of Design

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1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

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