Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on December 18, 2008
He’s the former Creative Director for Levi’s Europe and he’s worked with the likes of Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and OKI-NI to name but a few, but now Gary Harvey, this boy from Blighty, is famous for his own highly original vintage couture dresses made from our favorite clothes. Favoring garments that retain their identity once re-contextualized into one of his dresses, Harvey seeks inspiration from iconic clothing, images and, of course, women.
The eco-bell tolled for Harvey at young age. Even as a child he was acutely aware of the lack of natural resources and human exploitation in the world. As a designer, he could not endorse the seasonal waste created by the fast-moving fashion cycle, so becoming a green designer suited his politics.
What’s more, Harvey believes that in the future, all fashion will become sustainable. Why? Because fashion simply can’t sustain itself at its current rate. While his creations may be eye-catching and extravagant, Harvey prefers a more subdued palate. Blue jeans, white, black or grey t-shirts, black hoody, black cap worn with carefully chosen vintage pieces and random accessories make up his capsule wardrobe.
And how does the man with the power to transform the Financial Times into a ball gown sustain himself? By listening to Barrington Levy, Peter Tosh, Rodney P, The Smiths, Morrissey, REM, Radiohead, Mark Ronson, The Gossip and Fried on his iPod, walking or cycling around London, eating vegetarian cuisine from around the world and chilling in the pub with his mates.