Renowned for their imaginative use of recycled couture fabrics and vintage lace, Trash-Couture are pioneers in sustainable high-end fashion. Established in 2002, their one-of-a-kind designs are hand colored, sculpted and sewn in Denmark. Their delicate yet audacious designs are at once precious and artistic in expression. True to the concept of couture, Trash-Couture belongs to another world; a world of fantasy and dreams, of aspiration and art, combined with a respect for tradition and craft. Their flights of fancy fall somewhere between fairytale heroine and vampire queen, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and the female lead in the movie, The Matrix. Trash-Couture’s greatest fans and collectors are from the parallel worlds of film and music, where they have achieved cult status, outfitting punk divas and innocent angels alike. Trash-Couture enjoys a symbiotic relationship with these parallel worlds, where inspiration and visual image is everything.
Co-owned and managed by Ann Wiberg and Nanna Lowe, Trash-Couture is based between Paris and Copenhagen. Opening their ‘Ballroom’ salon in the centre of Copenhagen, following the tradition of a couturier’s atelier. Trash-Couture manage to produce couture quality eveningwear and bridal gowns at a more accessible price point, thereby bringing it to a much wider audience than the usual rarified couture circles. With more than twenty years experience as a couture designer, Ann Wiberg has successfully challenged the most exclusive market in the industry; couture, bringing her visionary designs to anyone with an eye for beauty.
Presented twice a year at the Prêt-a-Porter in Paris, Trash-Couture’s designs marry structure, in the form of complex corsetry and underpinnings, with diaphanous chiffon and silk overlays. Designs center around luxurious fabrications, including feathers, lace, tulle, fine embroidery, opulent beading and delicate silk flowers. Designs flutter somewhere between the Royal Ballet’s Midsummer Nights Dream and the Black Swan. Wiberg’s legendary development of the stretch bustier, which underpins many of her ethereal designs, flatters the female form but fits a multitude of body types. Trash-Couture’s designs can all be ordered in variations; shorter or longer, with or without sleeves, or with color changes, details removed, or alternatively expanded.
Working with recycled materials allows Trash-Couture to help reduce landfill, while working to order allows them to minimize over-production, and exert full control over working conditions and workers rights. Introducing ethical fashion to the world’s top fashion boutiques has fed their aspiration of making a difference in the world. Exhibiting their work worldwide, the brand has ensured that their ethical message has been communicated to a mixture of collectors. As pioneers, they have been praised internationally for focusing on “Sustainable High-End Fashion”.