rags-to-fashion-trench.jpgGive a designer a pile of discarded garments, torn, stained, or otherwise unwearable, and the unexpected can happen.

The trench coat, right, was created from two beige linen tablecloths that were in the discard bin at St. Vincent de Paul and later washed and bleached. The coat, which was topstitched and lined with a discarded silk curtain, brought in $1,500 in the fifth annual Discarded to Divine fundraiser and live auction in San Francisco after a spirited bidding war among the 400 attendees.

Founded by Sally Rosen in 2005, this year’s event raised about $80,000 for the venerable agency that helps the poor and homeless.

Check out other recycled fashions that have sprung forth from a desire to renew lives at the Discarded to Divine website.

(READ More at San Francisco Chronicle)

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