Image: FLW 2012 Runner-up, Secondary School: Bonita Poppy (front)

FLW 2012 Runner-up, Secondary School: Bonita Poppy (front)

Bonita Poppy Alexander models her outfit created for the Fashion Less Waste 2012: Deep Oceans design competition.


Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum


Here is Bonita Poppy Alexander from Lourdes Hill College in Brisbane. Bonita found most of her materials discarded on a foreshore. For the red inner skirt, onion bags were sewn onto a wire base. The design is titled ‘Bentley the Benthocodon Jellyfish’. This bell-shaped skirt represents Bentley; the hand-painted snorkels represent tentacles. The outer skirt is a crab pot painted silver, and Bentley is trapped within it. The bodice is made from fly screen, denim and stationary folders. It’s decorated with bottle tops, knitted gift-wrap and braided chip packets. For a cape, flippers were painted and strung on fishing line and wire. Note her shoe buckles; they’re painted fishing reels. Overall, Bonita has used red or silver or translucent materials, for a style true to a Benthocodon spp. jellyfish.

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