One: Outfits From a New Era at the Montreal Biosphere

Our day-to-day is filled with alluring billboards, enticing magazine adverts, and pop-up ads that beckon us straight through the pearly gates of our numerous pantheons of goods and services. We buy to no end, only to discard our new acquisitions once the initial appeal has worn off.

Consumerism is undeniably the name of the game, but at what cost? The Biosphere has decided to bring this environmental issue to the fore with a fashionable twist. One: Outfits from a New Era, the Environment Museum’s newest exhibit, showcases the creations of 16 homegrown artists and designers fashioned from—you guessed it—waste products.

The end result is a collection of some of the most fanciful and innovative dresses—and one swimsuit—made from everything from car parts to shotgun shells. While the gowns are without a doubt breathtaking, the accompanying videos, informative windows into the environmental implications of the waste we generate yearly, serve as a stern reminder that we must urgently pull the brake on hyper-consumerism and begin discarding of unwanted goods more intelligently (recycle, recycle!) for the sake of our planet, and our survival. This is one mesmerizing, but also thought-provoking exhibit.

One: Outfits From a New Era runs until December 3, 2012 at the Biosphere.

I now leave you with some images to mull over.

Can you guess which waste products these fashion concoctions are made of?

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Photo credit: Camille Gaior

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