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An Interbuild first: fashion made of building materials

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Something new for Interbuild 2000 is the Interbuild Fashion Show. The UK's next wave of Vivienne Westwoods and Paul Smiths have been challenged to put together a Spring Collection of clothing designs made from building products.

Students at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design are drawing up designs for clothes made from materials donated by exhibitors. Plastic plumbing pipe, ducting tape and roofing felt are just some of the more unlikely materials for the students to work with. Undaunted, they are already busy constructing scale models and experimenting with the form and texture of the materials.

'Interbuild put the idea to us back in the summer and we thought it was a great idea, ' explained Steve Stone, the course leader at the Institute.

Some of the donors include names such as Deceuninck, Schluter Systems, Vencil Resil and Steinel, but there is still a need for more materials to give the students extra variety. Wire, Perspex sheeting and electric cables are some of the products in short supply. The new fashions will be paraded on the catwalk each day in Hall 1, one of Interbuild's traditional showpiece arenas.

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