Flavia Lovatelli is not your ordinary fashion designer. Instead of going for the most expensive fabrics and accessories, she uses paper, coffee pods, VHS tapes, cardboard, and even plastic bags to create her work.
She was born in Peru but grew up in Italy. She took after her dad, who used to play around with recycled stuff all the time.
“I have always been a recycler. When I was little, my Barbie doll dresses, the fabric was from my T-shirts that I no longer wore. Every object I would find, I wondered, ‘Why is anyone throwing it away?’ Because it had so much potential to be something. So I would always turn it into something different,” she recalls.
“Everything you see on the dresses is 100 percent recycled or salvaged,” she said. She gets her stuff from all places – friends’ homes, second hand stores, thrift shops, and other unusual locations.