PAST EVENTS: Stewardship of Creation + Fast Fashion

October 24-26th, 2018, Open to public via registration

Taking as its theme “Stewardship of Creation,” the 2018 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will consider the opportunities and challenges for people of faith as they observe the divine mandate to care for creation. What resources does the Christian tradition offer regarding management of the environment and the wise use of natural resources? How do religious accounts of God, creation, justice, and human flourishing shape our embrace and use of technology that alters for good and ill our world and the lives of every creature in it? How might Christians work with others to reimagine the human relationship to the earth? Finally, what might faithful stewardship of creation look like in the coming decades?

Lanni will be presenting on “Laudato Si & Fast Fashion: A Look Behind of the Seams & Why It Matters”. Have you ever thought about how your t-shirt came to be? Where did the fibers camefrom, who picked them, what dyes were used, was there waste from the pattern cutting, and how did it get to you? We live in a culture of “fast fashion” that does not ask these questions, because the less we know, the more we will consume. Only within the past one hundred years have we created an industry out of fashion, one that employs over sixty million workers globally and is worth 2.5 trillion in profits a year. There is a hidden cost: it is the second largest polluter on the planet, and most of its workers’ wages fall below the UN poverty line. No matter our faith background, we are united in our wearing of clothing. We all participate in an unjust system, so how can we break free? Using Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ as a call to action, we will discover how to put our “faith into what we wear” so that our clothing becomes a reflection of our spiritual values. By learning about designers and manufactures that are maximizing the efficient reuse of resources and putting people and planet first, we can become a part of a renewed ethical global fashion movement.

PAST EVENTS: Trash2Treasure Challenge

Submissions open till 9/30/2018

This year Electronic Music Alliance’s board of directors decided to create a call to action for the community (and the industry behind it) to demonstrate how we can solve world problems with the love and creativity that is signature to our scene. So what is the Trash2Treasure Challenge? It is the creative usage of what might be waste materials, or trash turned into inspiring and impactful art, shows, music, performance, photography, events, activations, community service, or campaigns… the biggest limitation will be your own imagination.

On this Earth Day 2018, the submission period has officially opened. By entering you will be recognized! We are giving weekly shoutouts to all those who accept the challenge. You will have the chance to be highlighted for your work, and of course there will be those who will win the top achievement awards (custom pieces from Techwears) and also various prizes tba.

Meet your Judges

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Whitehot Magazine, KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Fabrik, Art and Cake, Artillery, and Palm Springs Life. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and exhibition catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year.

Lanni Lantto is a Fashion Redesigner creating clothing entirely out of pre-existing materials meant to be both glamorous and educational. She has shown in numerous eco-fashion shows in the US and internationally, is Co-Creator of Michigan’s largest upcycled (RE)design Fashion Show, and her work has been featured in Sustainable Style Night at NY Fashion Week, Etsy’s ReArt Australia, Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Gala, Altered Couture Magazine, & Coco Eco Magazine. Lanni is dedicated to bringing the concept of creative reuse into the media spotlight in order to use fashion as a catalyst for real change.

Phu Styles For the past decade has been known as an international award winning celebrity fashion stylist, influencer, and serial entrepreneur. As a veteran in the fashion and entertainment industry, she has worked with countless high profile names such as actor Ryan Gosling, billionaire entrepreneur John Paul Dejorio, Grammy Nominated dance music DJ/Producers The Crystal Method, and super model Tyra Banks. She has been featured on the BBC, NBC, Fox News, Elle Magazine, and America’s Next Top Model, as well as starring in award nominated shows in Asia. Phu is known for her eco-styling work, having put many celebrities in clothing made from recycled materials and advocating for fair trade and sustainability in the fashion garment industry. Currently, Phu is the CEO and head of investor and influencer relations for Blockchain PR, and an advisor for several companies such as Vetz and the nonprofit, Green Wave. She sits on the board of directors for Electronic Music Alliance. Phu recently founded the Women in Blockchain Foundation. She still manages to mentor for Makeovers that Matter, and Dress for Success and on occasion she is seen organizing a sound bath or as a DJ under the name of Madame Crypto.

Taryn Hipwell – Author of How to Shop for Shi(f)t…why because we give a “f”, Founder of Beyond the Label, thought leader and consumer engagement specialist in the realm of sustainable fashion. Beyond the Label (BtL) started as a partnership with TEDxLA to educate Angelenos about the true health, social and environmental cost of their fashion purchases. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM, she is on the Advisory Board for the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College, and she moderates panels for TEDxLA, PETA, Fashion Revolution Day and Beyond the Label. She was a keynote speaker in New York at NYU, FIT, LIM and the Berkley School, and she headlines EcoFashion workshops all around the world including “The Green School” in Bali, South Africa and Zambia in Africa. She is a Los Angeles Business Journal – Women Making a Difference nominee and was awarded the Fashion Against Bullying Award and Green Hero Award by eduPOWERED Media Group and Champions Against Bullying. Taryn was the Arts Chair and is currently the Fashion Chair for UN WOMEN-USNC LA (United Nations). Taryn created, produced and hosted EcoDivas TV and has interviewed celebrities including James Cameron, Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde.

Michael Kaliski – Confirmed! – information coming soon about this eco warrior!

Meet the Challenge Provacteaur

EMA’s executive Director, Janine Jordan will not be judging. Instead she is ready to shake things up by inspiring individuals and organizations to join the Trash2Treasure Challenge. Janine loves all things eco. In 2006, she experienced what she calls an “eco-awakening” while on a trip in Costa Rica. Since her return 12 years ago, she has been a dedicated Earth (rainbow) Warrior. She loves Trashion, ecobricking, making trash art, and picking up MOOP from the environment. She organized multi-city “massive action” community service events (clean-ups, tree plantings, community gardens, and electronics waste recycling drives) on behalf of EMA for several years with the help of local EMA ambassadors. As a passionate inspiratrix she warns you to “watch out!”- as she may have an idea for you….

PAST EVENTS: Earth Day 2018 @ Priory Retreat House

Sunday, April 22, 1 PM – 3 PM Open to the public. By donation.

April 22, 2018 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. The Priory Retreat House, a member of the Catholic Climate Covenant is joining the Earth Day Network‘s campaign to End Plastic Pollution ( From contributing to land and marine pollution to increasing our use of carbon-producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a devastating impact on God’s creation. The good news is that we can solve this problem. We can all play a role in reducing plastic pollution and minimizing our contribution to what Pope Francis calls “a throwaway culture” by working together as a community. This one-hour program, focuses on how we contribute, both individually and collectively, to the growing problem of single-use plastic. By the end of the hour, we hope you and your community will commit to using less disposable plastic and to participating in a months-long challenge to reduce single-use plastic.

Come and help raise awareness of our need to care for the Earth and help people take real action. You are making a difference. On behalf of creation and vulnerable peoples throughout the world, we thank you!

*followed by a Potluck Meal, please bring a dish to pass (no animal products, i.e. meat, dairy)(vegan friendly)

*The Priory is a non-profit retreat house in the lower Adirondacks of upstate NY, offering a refuge from life’s busyness to all people.  Rooms are available $65/night.

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Sustainable Living & Spiritual Awakening Workshop

May 20, 2017 / 10:00am-3:00pm / Chestertown, New York

Lanni and Dustin Katona will be speaking about Living Laudatio Si and how practicing a sustainable lifestyle IS a part of our faith life. Incorporating the language of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si”, explore the depths of living according to our faith through sustainable practices, caring for the poor, and responding to the current dilemma of climate change.   The Priory Retreat House is hosting the event in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.  By donation- to register contact the Priory.

PAST EVENTS: Vintage Give-Away on Fashion Blogs

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All Dressed Up With No Place To Go / Vintage Summer Wedding Inspiration

An opportunity to collaborate with other creatives and unique indiviuals is a hard one to pass up! I am collaborating on a giveaway with Lanni Lantto of ( re ), a brand she’s created that focuses on upcycling beautiful clothing! And what better way to learn about her business and the creative process than to ask Lanni herself, so that’s what I did, enjoy the little Q&A below to help you learn more about the amazing work she’s been doing. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this blog post, Lanni is giving away one of her killer upcylced items!  Read the full interview and enter the give-away HERE.

No Serial Number Magazine Feature

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Italy’s No Serial Number Magazine has a feature on U.S. Upcycling and a full article in their Sustainable Fashion section entitled, “Deconstruct the things around you, Refashion the system: Lanni Lantto’s mystical journey to the Catwalk.  To enjoy the full article and the many other featured crafters visit:

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The Green Bay Press Gazette (USA Today Network) featured Fashion Redesigning in their April 2016 Spring Fashion Issue.  The article speaks about how Lanni Lantto turns fashion into environmental activism and includes a statistical break down of the harms of ‘fast fashion’ (in honor of April’s Fashion Revolution Day) and tips on how we can Upcycle or own Wardrobes.

Click here to read full feature article:

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PAST EVENTS: Applying ‘Laudato Si’ in Your Career Choice

April 21, 2016 6:30pm St. Clare Religious Education Center, Green Bay WI:  Along with a panel in honor of Earth Day 2016, will be speaking on how the priorities of Pope’s Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home) can be played out in one’s daily lived experience.  Will address how my faith directed an ethical career path and how this can be the future for many other Gen X & millennials who find fault in society’s excessive consumerism & throwaway culture.


PAST EVENTS: 7th Annual (re)Design Fashion + Art Show

March 12, 2016, 7th (re)Design Fashion + Art Show.  In partnership with the Garden Bouquet and Design, ( re ) by lanni lantto, & the Marquette Regional History Center presents the 7th annual (re)Design Fashion Show. This event is the largest gathering of up-cycling artists in the Upper Peninsula. The event showcases local designers who use recycled materials & fabrics to create runway worthy pieces of clothing. Featured designers have been: Lanni Lantto, Taylor Ehle-2014 designer of the year, Ann Rutkoske -2013 designer of the year, JoAnn Shelby, Angie Kemp, Denise Zdroik-2015 designer of the year, Paulette Carr, and Alexandra Kralova-Zender. The show is for all ages. Local upcycling art vendors will also be at the event.

Are you a habitual Pinner, Craftgawker or thrift store shopper? Have an eye for design? Enter the Open Design Contest and you could win prizes!  More information and tickets can be found here:

Watch a Video from our 3rd annual show:

Watch a Video from our 6th annual show via Marquette Magazine:

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(RE) on Good Day Wisconsin (TV)

5/18/2015:  Eco-friendly is becoming more and more of a designer trend.  Lanni Lantto is a local fashion (re)designer who’s focus is to reuse, reduce, redesign, rethink, reinvent, recycle.  Lantto takes pre-existing materials and upcycles them to create a new look that works for any occaision. Her looks have also turned heads on red carpet Hollywood events.  FOX 11’s Pauleen Le spent the morning checking out her (re)designer fashion.

WATCH all 3 video segments:


9/29/2014:  Celebrating National Coffee Day + Local Artistry on Good Day Wisconsin Fox11.  (RE) is happy to announce that specially made upcycled applique clothing is now available in Northeast Wisconsin for the first time!  Taking “yooper” decals from old t-shirts, Lanni created specifically themed clothing for the grand opening of a new Yooper 906 Gallery in Wrightstown, WI.  The gallery hopes to support local artists and be a place of community for sharing ideas and creativity.  (RE) was happy to be involved in the grand opening ceremony for this growing arts community!

Finalist in Etsy Int’l Upcycling Exhibition

Retrash and Etsy proudly present Reart 2015 – International Upcycle Exhibition & Book Launch.

Reart aims to shift global perspectives on the waste we throw away in todays society, showcasing the best of what upcycling has to offer from artists and designers all over the world. The exhibition will also highlight the launch of Retrash, a coffee table book showcasing the upcycled work of 82 designers and artists from 20 countries around the world. [ (re)’s Lanni Lantto, fashion upcycler, has her fully upcycled Bold Betty apron dress included in the exhibition.]

Exhibition Details  (view on web here)

M2 Gallery, 450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills NSW Australia
22-24 April 12pm-7pm (Wed-Fri)
25-26 April 10am-6pm (Sat-Sun)

In it’s first year running, Reart will open it’s doors to the public on April 22nd to coincide with Earth Day. Author of Retrash Nathan Devine will be signing copies of his book on Saturday 25 April from 2pm-4pm, the winner of the People’s Choice Award will also be announced.

Fashion Revolution Clothing Tag Dresses

“Made in China”, “Made in Bangladesh”, “Made in the USA”, “Made in Mexico”… so many faces behind the seams. Have you ever wondered who those faces might be?  Fashion Revolution is a global campaign asking that very question: ‘who made my clothes?’ in order to initiate human connections throughout the supply chain.


As an upcycle designer who uses pre-existing clothing, I am very familiar with other manufacturer’s clothing tags.  I become most familiar with the names of brands that design for big chains like Old Navy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, ect.  Why? Because these brands are constantly pumping out new collections and malls exists across the United States.  Single serving clothing. Then they end up at the thrift store and this is where I have become familiar with these clothing tags.


A lot of this clothing finds a second serving (adopted by a new owner), some of it is shipped to another country, more of it is thrown away, and a few just sit there- like puppies in a window- waiting and waiting for someone to come along and give it a purpose again.  It sits there confused thinking, “But so much time and energy went into creating me. I was cotton blowing in the wind, I was fiber being spun, I was a multitude of hands who put me together. Why don’t you appreciate my beauty beyond the trend?”.  I’ve always cared about these social cast-aways and when I revive them, I cut out their tag and save them- a remembrance of what they were.  Over the past 8 years, I have amassed quite the memorial.


Fashion Revolution Day gave me the inspiration to use these clothing tags as material within a design.  With awards season approaching in L.A., I wanted to create 2 gowns that could be worn to Red Carpet events that displayed this social message.  The trick for me was to use the tags without having them over power the dress and thus the individual wearing it.  Here is a bit about how they were created.

The 1st dress began as a black cocktail dress made by Cache and purchased at a consignment boutique.  I did not want to alter the construction of the dress as it fit well and did not need altering.  This leaves a blank canvas to design on.  Thus, the hard part becomes creating that design and it took weeks of playing around with different patterns and directions. I was drawn to the clothing tags that had the specific name of the designer and were embroidered.  I didn’t want to call out anyone in particular and I felt that if I left their names visible it would distract from the overall message.  So I flipped them over and once I did that, it all fell into place.  They needed to be secured around the edges, so I used iron-on bias tape in black and white.  I followed the design around the shoulders into the back with finishing details on the bow.  My last element was to add a clothing tag from (RE) on the center front to answer the Q with a ‘Yes, I do know where my clothing comes from’ but mainly because it added to the color scheme.

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The 2nd dress naturally evoked the spirit of the clothing tag, as it’s original construction of white frills resembled that of a field of tags.  Made from a 1950s dress, I took apart and completely reworked the waistband.  The black front lines were made from a black shirt collar and the back bow was made from a salvaged white bow + black straps from another dress.  For this dress, I used clothing tags that had the manufacturer’s instructions oh how to care for it and where it was made.  You know, those big long ones that we cut out because they ‘get in the way’.  The last element that really brings this dress together is the front question mark, which I took off of my Guess jeans.  This literally asks, “?… Who makes your clothes?”.


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Sustainable Fashion (RE)presented at Red Carpet Green Dress Anniversary Party. (photo via Taryn Hipwell)

To see more examples of upcycled pieces I’ve created, scroll back up to “(re) collections”.  You are an integral part of the change, be inspired to inspire! -Lanni

Join in the conversation using hashtags #fashrev and #whomademyclothes

Upcycled Clothing $10-20 Summer Sale! (video)

fashionREdesign_remake2015giftcard100An Etsy Gift Card is perfect for that person in your life who exhibits 1 of these characteristics:

– Loves vintage style & clothing
– Loves unique one-of-a-kind clothing
– Cares about the environment and where/how their clothes are made
– Would be happy to know you didn’t just go to Kohls
– Loves having the ability to choose from over 400 pieces w/ more added monthly

You have 2 FUN choices on how you would like your GIFT delivered:

1.) A printed color OR black & white certificate wrapped in gift wrapping with blank gift tag
2.) A color OR black & white image sent directly to specified email address along w/ e-card

** You can also CUSTOMIZE a message (140 characters) which I will put directly on the image
There are over 400 items including upcycled clothing, vintage dresses/blouses/sweaters/aprons/nightgowns/specialty lingerie/shoes/antique jewelery/scarves/pins/hats and MORE!

PAST EVENTS: Downtown Neenah Ladies Night

April 11, 2015, Ultimate Ladies Night in Historic Downtown Neenah, WI.  Women participate in this special day including a champagne breakfast and fashion show plus pampering, demonstrations and shopping throughout historic Downtown Neenah.  Lanni Lantto of (re) will be giving a demonstration on “How to DE-clutter your closet & RE-invent your wardrobe” including step-by-step instructions on how to organize your closet and keep it that way, along with showing how to redesign clothes you already own instead of buying new.  Stop by the corner of Church/Wisconsin (look for the clothing racks) any time between 11-4pm. All (re)designed clothing will be $10-20 ONLY for this event!

Schedule (re) to visit you in 2016! Open Dates

Have (re) do a workshop in your school/town, let (re) give your closet or your business a green make-over, learn more about eco-design 101.  Send us a message via our contact page- dates available!

Double Feature in Coco Eco Magazine

Coco Eco Magazine has a great feature on upcycled fashion – where it’s been, where it’s going, and why it’s the future of fashion written by GoodLifer, Johanna Bjork. Which you can find here.


+ an editorial with Eugenia Kuzmina [Fury] in a (re) dress for their “trash to treasure” article style by Eco-Stylist Phu Styles.

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(re) runway collection

All pieces in (re) couture collection are available to stylists and can be (re)produced.

Vista Theatre Shoot:  Photographer: Yin Tang / Models: Dena Zeleznik, Kelly Hillman, Megan Bennet / Hair/Make-up: Liz Calcaterra, Alicia Frechette, Kelsey Roy

State Theatre Shoot:  Photographers: Dan Taylor & David Kossack, James Orlando / Models: Asia Dillon, Kel LeMonce, Moina Snyder, Ashley Boehm, & Stephanie Carrion/ Hair & Make-up: Jodi Baldwin & Oubon Phommanyrath / Wardrobe Stylist: Heidi Brown

IMG_2992 Global Green Pre-Oscar Party with Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method and his beautiful wife and Eco-Ambassador, Janine Jordan. (Joan Rivers is next?!)

(RE) at Global Green Pre-Oscars

(RE) will have Upcycled Couture represented on the Red Carpet for Global Green USA’s 11th & 12th Annual Pre-Oscar Party.

(RE)’s Lanni Lantto is thrilled to be the (re)designer for Green “Artivist”, Janine Jordan who will be in attendance with her husband, Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method. Janine is founder of Green Wave and the Electronic Music Alliance. She lives her life helping other people and giving back to our planet and is the perfect (re)presentation of a woman who is greening the fashion industry.  Janine will be wearing a custom (RE) upcycled dress made from a variety of pre-existing materials.

Global Green‘s zero-waste party will bring together Hollywood’s elite activists and eco-conscious celebrities to enjoy a night of plant-based dining, rare performances and an exclusive auction, all to raise funds and awareness for Global Green USA’s ongoing initiatives.


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Actress Eugenia Kuzmina [Fury] wearing this gown in “Trash to Treasure” editorial in Coco Eco Magazine.

“Inspired by the late 1940s, this ballroom ready gown is made from a variety of exciting materials put together to create one classic look.  The base of the dress began as a salvaged bridesmaid dress. A ruffled thrift store party skirt was added to the waistline as was a popular look in the 40s.  The side designs are made from a parachute (!) and lined with black fabric.  Her outfit is topped off with delicate white antique gloves.”

Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”

(photographer: Jeff Geniesse / Runway Model: Amanda Wallace)

LA Fashion Mag Feature Silver Dress


BAsilverThis dress was featured at New York Fashion Week’s Sustainable Style Night hosted by Tesla Motors.

Global Green Pre-Oscars

The gorgeous Janine Jordan (Electronic Music Alliance & Greenwave) with husband Ken Jordan (The Crystal Method) at Global Green USA 2015’s ‪#‎greenpreoscars‬. Janine is wearing a vintage dress from my (RE) collection that she upcycled herself! Add retro hair and upcycled heels and (wooza!) Janine is a pioneer of showing how to ‪#‎gogreen‬ on the Red Carpet for under $50!

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Green (Black) Tie Jacket

Tailored hand-made suit coat scored at charity shop + 1950’s satin bias made into front pockets. Worn by Rachelle Carson-Begley (with husband Ed Begley Jr.) to 2014 Environmental Media Awards in Los Angeles, CA.  awards show +

Evox TV: Bringing Upcycling to Hollywood

“Approaching the fashion industry from an ethical standpoint is, unfortunately, outside of the box. We are in an era of fast fashion—pump it out as fast and as cheaply as you can so that profit is king and people/planet lay in the background. Ego is a big thing in Los Angeles, especially for a designer—it’s all about YOU. It’s easy to get so caught up in the glamour of having the next big trend that issues like where you source your fabrics, what dyes are polluting what rivers, and under what working conditions things are made don’t matter so much. But what if we had different standards for ourselves—so that your design AND your ethics are what people look up to? Well, this was why I was eating ramen noodles in a small studio apartment in L.A…..”  Read more of my article on what it has been like bringing upcycled fashion to mainstream Hollywood at Evox TV.

(re)designer + Muse

“Aspire to Inspire” Upscale Upcycling. On the Red Carpet FGILA’s Designer & The Muse. I created a 100% (RE)fashion for the beautiful celebrated Brandi Veil. Even her earrings were made out of auto parts.  (RE) was the only fully upcycled look on the Red Carpet. Hosted by Kathy Hilton.RCBrandi



Featured in Altered Couture Magazine


(RE) is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Altered Couture Magazine!  There are 2 How-To tutorials on “How to Salvage a 3D Design” and “How to REdo a 1990s windbreaker”.  Pick up a copy of the issue here.

Altered Couture is a 160-page publication dedicated to altered and embellished clothing and accessories.

PAST EVENTS: EcoFashion Presentation at Mount Mary University

12/6/2014: (re)’s Lanni Lantto speaking at Mount Mary University Milwaukee on Sustainable Design within a Fashion Design Curriculum.

Thanks to our intern, Krista who is in the fashion design program, RE will be presenting at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.  We will be introducing students majoring in merchandise management and apparel product development to sustainable fashion design!  Many colleges have minimal or no courses in sustainable design so this is an introduction for many of the students.  This presentation will be on What is Eco-Design & Upcycling 101 within the Fashion Industry.  If you are interested in helping fund future voluntary programs please send to a message to Lanni via the contact page.

Mount Mary’s Magazine, Arches wrote a nice article on the presentation HERE.

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Art Deco Upcycled Dress

Art Deco Inspired Party Dress playing with shapes from various deconstructed blouses.  Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”.  Worn by Janine Jordan (with husband Ken Jordan of the Crystal Method & myself) at the Global Green decoart deco +

PAST EVENTS: Presentation at Green Festival Chicago

ecosuperhero10/24-26 2014 (RE) will be at Green Festival Chicago 2014:  (RE) is teaming up with the EcoSuperheros at the 2014 Green Festival Chicago October 24-26!  (RE) will have hand selected bespoke specialty Upcycled Fashions available along with 2 Red Carpet pieces on display.  If you are a part of the Saver’s Eco-Fashion Show make sure I interview for an upcoming article for Eco Fashion World.  Come by the EcoSuperHero booth and say hi to the team!

Green Festival always has an impressive line up – check out the schedule here.


Red Carpet Green Dress Trail Blazer

This piece was inspired by Marianne Williamson and her SisterGiant movement aimed at getting more women into politics. She tells the story of the girl in the patchwork dress: all the girls were getting expensive dresses to impress the Prince, one girl did not have the resources to make a gown, she picked up the scraps the girls left off their tables.  She went to the ball and saw the other girls beautiful dresses, she was embarrassed, so she hid in a closet. Prince had not found his bride, he saw the material of out the door, patchwork, he danced with her and he found her interesting and made her his bride.  This blazer tells that story made from items cast aside and worn to Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress Anniversary Party.


Tesla NYFW Jacket


A part of the [RE] art d’eco collection.

Tesla is a car company that is accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future. The use of gold (& not electric silver) states that profit can be made while putting people + planet first.  The automobile motif shows by the use of (re)claimed belt buckles that mirrors a car grille & washer parts that form a chain down to an Art Deco era stem-winding mechanical clock used in cars before electricity.


Flat Washers – Car Part

Stem-wind Mechanical Car Clock

Vintage Wool Jacket

Vintage Necklace


4 Reclaimed Belt Buckles

Save The Planet Decal

Sequin Sailor Anchor

*Inspired by, but not endorsed by, Tesla Motors. Photos by Derek Murdock & Mont SATHORNSUNTIKUN, model James Orlando.

Future, Electric NYFW

A part of the [RE] art d’eco collection.

Worn by actress Asia Kate Dillon (who plays Brandy on Orange is the New Black).  As we progress, we will run electric cars on (re)newable resources; working with nature’s abundant energy instead of digging up the past.  This metallic silver screen-printed image is a custom creative collaboration with Artist, Marco Williams.  Taking architectural styles from the Art Deco era and being inspired by the 1927 movie, Metropolis, we developed the image on front of dress. The rest of the dress is reconstructed, of course..


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Fully Puffy Silver Dress

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Golden Globes Flamenca

Made from a Bed Skirt. (Photo is from article I wrote for Evox TV Network on “How To Wear Household Items” inspired by Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘bedsheet’ dress at 2014 Golden Globes).

Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”

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Film Makers Movie Premier Tie

Custom made tie for Director’s film premier in Michigan/Colorado.  MQT Cinema Coalition bringing Truth & Beauty to Cinema.


Geometric Hypnotist Dress

Made from a scarf, upside down negligee.


The Tent Dress

Made from an Outdoor Tent.tenttenttent

Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures atBehind the Seams”

Eco over Ego the New Style

June 5, 2014 web:

From a recent interview for Oceana’s Canvas Ethical Fashion & Eco Lifestyle. To read the entire interview and see video from the Ethical Europe Tour, click here.

Oceana’s Canvass: What is your style pet peeve?

LL: Ego over Eco. When style becomes all about labels and there are benefits and consequences for wearing something. It’s the same principles I was teaching in women’s studies, and it’s the same in so many aspects of our culture, but I see it a lot in the fashion world. There is a value placed on the status that a brand will give you. If I pay a lot of money to get this bag that has a label all over it, then when other people see it they assume I have a higher status or I somehow feel that I am better than them – that is a very bizarre way to be stylish because it’s based on branding and money. I would rather see the value come from knowing that this bag was ethically made, specifically that the value comes from the people who made it and the material from which it is made.  To me, that is the best kind of style.

Oceana’s Canvass:  What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished in your ethical fashion career?

LL: The one thing that really keeps me going is knowing that the next generation of designers can have a new model to work from.  I love speaking from a designer’s stand-point because I’m able to show students interested in fashion design that they can use different materials. They don’t have to think about sourcing yards and yards of new fabric, they can have the option of working with materials that already exist and how much MORE creative that can be for them. This hasn’t been an easy journey because this is a pioneering path. We need to set-up a better system to divert fabrics and have them available for designers. We need to be teaching this method of design in schools, or even just know what the term upcycling is!  I am very happy that I’ve been able to inspire others to know about and hopefully follow this path.


WorldFest LA

Showing of a few pieces that were created for Red Carpet events at the EcoTent at World Festival LA 2014.



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What’s better than a 2nd life? A 3rd!  This piece proves that when we take the time to rethink a piece of clothing… it could end up on the Red Carpet!  It’s all about REvaluing and believing!  This pieces has been worn at New York Fashion Week’s Tesla Sustainable Style Night and LAFGI’s Designer & The Muse.


P.ShawlFor 2nd life of this piece click here.

PAST EVENTS: Presentation at WorldFest Los Angeles

5/18/2014 Upcycling Hollywood – (RE) at WorldFest LA : Lanni will be doing a presentation at WorldFest LA about her experience of the ups and downs of bringing upcycled fashion mainstream.  From beginning 7 years ago when nobody had even heard the term ‘upcycle’ to moving to Los Angeles in the pursuit of getting creative reuse on the Red Carpet.  She will show examples of pieces that have been created using no new waste including photos from Red Carpet events.  Her presentation will begin at 11:30 in the EcoTent and details can be found here.


//The WorldFest 2014 Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, May 18th, 2014, from 10:30am to 7:00pm, at the beautiful outdoor setting of Woodley Park in Lake Balboa, CA. We will welcome our attendees to a magnificent day filled with entertainment, education and enlightenment. The combination of great music, empowering speakers, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profits, kid’s activities and a delicious food court make for an earth-friendly experience that is sure to be inspiring and enjoyable for all!

(RE) supports Red Carpet Green Dress

(RE) was honored to be in attendance to celebrate Red Carpet Green Dress‘ 5 years of sustainable fashion in Hollywood prior to the 2014 Oscars.  RCGD (founded in 2009 by Suzy Amis-Cameron), is an internationally recognized design competition that combines the worlds of fashion and sustainability by challenging designers from around the world to create pieces made entirely of sustainable materials with the winning design worn on the red carpet at the Academy Awards.
Fashion Revolution Ambassador, Janine Jordan wore a gown made out of salvaged clothing tags.  The clothing tags represent flipping our clothing #insideout and asking the Q: Who Made Our Clothes?  Equally as important to Lanni Lantto of (RE) is the Q: What Is Our Clothing Made From? Which is why in addition to the clothing tags, this dress was upcycled from 1950s Dress + black shirt collar (front lines) + salvaged white bow + black straps (on bow) from another dress. Using fair labor and creating no new waste.
For more information on Red Carpet Green Dress and Fashion Revolution Day, click on the links above.
To see more photos of Lanni’s clothing tag dresses, click here.

Jennifer Lawrence v/s Household Items

The internet is a buzz with people taking selfies of themselves recreating Jennifer Lawrence’s 2014 Golden Globes Dior dress.  The linens are literally flying off of beds across the world.  This is actually a very exciting expression of our ability to rethink what we already own. Before we start wrapping our friends (and our pets) up to look like toilet paper rolls, here are some examples of how to wear household items..and keep your dignity intact.


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                                   Jennifer Lawrence in a dress resembling a bed sheet v/s  A dress actually made out of a bed sheet!



                                                                                                                       A Tablecloth!




                                                                                                                     A Parachute!

Eco Design Evening Gown



A Table Runner!

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                                                                                                                  A Christening Gown!



                                                                                                                      An Outdoor Tent!



                                                                                                                            Your Curtains!




                                                                                                                     Your Grandparent’s Clothes!

Mens Look BeforeAfter

All pieces made by Lanni Lantto, who creates clothing out of pretty much anything clothing isn’t supposed to be made out of. She has saved hundreds of pounds of pre-existing materials from rotting in landfills by giving used items a reason to captivate us again.  More examples of her before/after pieces can be seen here.  Watch her turn materials from discarded to desirable at New York Fashion Week here.  Join the (RE)volution on Facebook & Twitter.


Join the Fashion (RE)volution!

Who Made YOUR clothes?

clothingtagsOut of these sampling of clothing tags here is what Dustin and I found:

17 Made from Pesticide Cotton / 1 from Acrylic (made in a lab)

4 Made in Hondorus; 3 Made in China; 2 Made in Peru; 1 Made in El Salvador, Madagascar, Canada, India, Nicaragua, & Bangladesh. 2 Made in the USA one of which was made Sweatshop-free.

Take a look in your closet and share what you find.  Investigate Behind the Seams!


(RE) is extremely happy to be a part of the USA Steering Committee which will be in charge of organizing Fashion Revolution Day state-side.  This is a movement dependent on in the inclusion of everyone, including YOU!


Fashion Revolution Day Turns the Garment Industry #INSIDEOUT

Asks Consumers “Who Made Your Clothes?” on April 24, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Bianca Alexander, Esq.
Director of Communications, Fashion Revolution Day USA (312) 618-1853

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JANUARY 1, 2014) – Fashionistas: turn your closets inside out with the launch of the first annual Fashion Revolution Day, a worldwide movement demanding fair treatment of workers in the garment industry. On April 24th, 2014, one year following the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fashion Revolution Day aims to honor the lives of the 1133 sweatshop laborers killed and over 2500 injured as a result of unsafe working conditions and to create justice and transparency in the global fashion supply chain.

As large retailers like Walmart, The Gap, and Forever 21 continue to generate consumer demand for cheap, largely disposable clothing, they look to countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Pakistan where wages are still low and workplace standards for textile and garment production are marginal. The race to the bottom of a competitive global marketplace has lead to lowered safety standards and forcing employees to work longer hours. This has resulted in growing abuses and exploitation of millions of garment workers–mostly young women of color.

Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

By educating consumers about the true cost of fast fashion in terms of human lives while showcasing ethical, fair trade clothing brands that are getting it right, Fashion Revolution Day will use fashion as a medium for positive change. On April 24th, 2014, people from all walks of life–industry leaders, factory workers, producers, designers, academics, cotton farmers and consumers–will come together to commemorate the first anniversary of the collapse, remember the victims of Rana Plaza and change the future of fashion.

With a call to action to wear an item of clothing #insideout on April 24th, 2014 and share a picture of their statement via social media, this year’s Fashion Revolution Day asks the question, “Who Made Your Clothes?”, empowering consumers to be curious about the origins of their clothes while showing support for transparency across the entire fashion supply chain.

According to Oceana Lott, ethical fashion writer and Fashion Revolution Day USA executive director, “The way the people who make and sell our clothes are treated can and will change, if we as consumers are curious, do a little research, and act. It starts with a simple question. Let’s all wear clothes that we feel good about.”

Carry Somers, ethical fashion designer and UK based founder of the campaign is excited by the positive traction the movement has received to date. “Fashion Revolution Day has already gathered incredible momentum on a global scale. We have been inundated with fashion industry leaders, consumers, celebrities and media all wanting to mark the occasion and revolutionize the industry.”

For more information, including high-res photos, visit the global campaign site, the Fashion Revolution USA site, or contact:

Oceana Lott, Executive Director/Regional Coordinator, Fashion Revolution Day USA (415) 336-4479

Join the global fashion revolution! Like and follow Fashion Revolution Day on facebook at Fashion Revolution USA and twitter @Fash_RevUSA.

PAST EVENTS: Upcycling Workshop

Lanni Lantto will be teaching the upcycling workshop, Fancy Fabric Flowers at Cheryl Fudge Fashion Camp in Santa Monica.  There will be two opportunities to take the class: dates TBA. Please register by calling the store at 310-393-3333, located at 1010 Montana Ave.  Class is for all ages, there is a fee.  Lanni will teach us how to make beautiful fabric flowers out of 2nd hand clothing.  Flowers can be added on to headbands, bags, necklaces, made into pins or used as gift wrapping accessories. A skill you only need to learn once!

PAST EVENTS: Hosting Clothing Swap

(RE) Clothing Swap – 12/14/2013: (RE) by Lanni Lantto & actress Angela Sauer are hosting a HUGE clothing swap, not to miss!

You know how there are things in your wardrobe that you don’t totally love and never wear, but for some reason are still taking up valuable closet space? It’s time to take those pieces out, find them a better home, and get yourself some shiny new duds in the process!


Go through your stuff and find things that you don’t wear/want anymore. Pack them up, and bring them to the swap. Once at the swap, we will do our best to sort things into categories (tops over here, bottoms over there… etc.). Then everyone can go crazy and try things on, hoarding away whatever they like. Near the end of the swap, everyone will gather together to show off what things they’re taking home (it’s always fun to see who’s getting your stuff). Are two people (or three or four) all swooning over the same purse? Any fights over items will be settled by drawing cards. High card wins! Anything that is left at the end of the swap will be upcycled or donated.

*NOTE: Don’t feel like you have to bring a large amount of stuff in order to come. Just come, because it’s really more about meeting people and having a good time. It’s so, so, so much fun. I promise. 😀

– Clothing (please make sure the clothing is clean; while normally at a swap you’d avoid bringing things with stains or rips, it’s actually okay for us… we’ll have an “upcycle for parts” section!)
– pajamas/nightwear
– jewelry
– purses
– scarves
– hats
– gloves
– sunglasses
– shoes
– hair accessories
– costume pieces
– picture frames
– unused hair/skin/makeup/fragrance products
– DVDs
– books
– CDs
– etc.
Message for details, private venue.

How it was Made: Tesla Concept Pieces

Lanni Lantto walks us through the “Fashion REdesign” process. From finding materials in thrift stores or on the streets to showing us how she is able to visualize the new life (repurposing) potential of the every day objects in our closets.  During New York Fashion Week 2013, Lanni created 4 pieces that were on display at Sustainable Style Night at Tesla Motors.  These totally wearable works of art were made by using a wide variety of 2nd hand materials.  She titled her concept,”The Age of Art d’Eco”- moving away from the Art Deco era’s love of petroleum to a new era of sustainable, conscious living. The Redesign Process took a total of 3 months and this is the behind the scenes video that Lanni created because, “It’s hard for me to explain what I do to people when they ask me since the process does not follow the rules of traditional fashion designing.  I can start out with an idea of what I’d like to create but the true inspiration comes from what you FIND so the outcome is always evolving.”  Lanni’s methods are truly sustainable from start to finish; sourcing 2nd hand materials and re-donating any scraps to find their 3rd life cycle.

PAST EVENTS: Upcycling Presentation & Workshop

12/7/2013 Swap Boutique Fashion Upcycling Event: Santa Monica’s Give + Take Swap Boutique will be hosting me from (RE) for an afternoon of fun! Give + Take is a place where you can swap items in your closet with other items from other people’s closet in an organized membership-only fashion.  Pretty amazing.

December 7, 2013 3-6pm *demo begins at 3:30sharp / 1740 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lanni Lantto, fashion re-designer and upcycler will be demonstrating how to rethink the materials in your closets to create fun new clothing and accessories. She will be making flowers out of t-shirts, clothing & fabric. These flowers can be made into pins, hairbands, rings, decorations, and gift wrapping accessories for the Holidays!  Please bring your favorite buttons, small or vintage pins to add on for the center of the flower. (needles and thread will be provided) Make for yourself or use to decorate your packages for the holidays.

Fair trade coffee/tea/wine and appetizers will be served on eco-friendly plates/cups!
We look forward to seeing you there! IMG_2331s

Upcyclers Push for More Exposure (web)


Screen shot 2013-10-26 at 5.01.31 PMArticle that I wrote for EcoFashion World can be found here.

PAST EVENTS: Red Carpet Upcycled Fashion

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October 23, 2013:  Designer & The Muse:  Lanni Lantto is a fashion designer unlike any other. In fact, she is a fashion (re) designer. As her label name states, “(re)” stands for reuse, reduce, redesign, rethink, reinvent, recycle. Being creative and unconventional every step of the way, Lanni thrifts for her materials instead of buying new fabric yardage and marries wedding dresses with table runners and garters with suit coats.

Having received a plethora of media attention to date, Lanni is participating in Meet The Designer & The Muse, where she will be able to create an amazing design for an inspiring muse of her choice.

FGI LA’s signature yearly event, will be held at the Mr. C Hotel, Beverly Hills on October 23. This glittering night showcases L.A.’s hottest designers and celebrates the L.A. fashion community at its finest. Last year’s event brought out everyone from Kevan Hall and Vanessa Williams to Sue Wong, Cameron Silver from Decades and many others.

Famous designers in the past, and even well known designers today, have drawn to their muses for great inspirations. For example, Audrey Hepburn to Huberty de Givenchy, LouLou de la Falaise to Yves St. Laurent, and Naomi Campbell to Azzedine Alaia. This FGILA event highlights that very special relationship between designer and muse.

LA’s most respected fashion designers and their celebrity muses, will be greeted by media and press—then led to a VIP reception area to meet, mingle, and network with other fellow designers & guests. Hosted by Kathy Hilton.

A fun event that mixes Fashion Designer + Fashion’s Muses.  FGILA is the Los Angeles regional branch of Fashion Group International—a premiere fashion and business networking organization with a mission “to inform, educate and most importantly connect professionals in the industry with one another”. With its prime headquarter in New York, the organization has over 7,000 members worldwide, in more than 35 regions around the world. This year, the FGILA celebrates its’ 75th anniversary. FGILA is also an organization that gives back. All proceeds from this night’s event will directly go towards the FGILA Foundation which provides merit scholarship grants to local fashion schools.

Brandi Veil is (RE)’s Muse Red Carpet Event

Press Release – October 17, 2013

 Brandi Veil Will Model 100% Upcycled Eco-Fashion Look for (RE)


Brandi Veil is a transformational event producer, writer, educator and social entrepreneur focused on the shared economy and alternative currency for a paradigm shift. Through her cause sustainability marketing, promotions, and event planning business (including celebrity clientele), she has defined a new path that will pave the way for others to follow.

She is the co-founder of a conscious event that changed the face of Hollywood Nightlife called Grateful Fridays a series that provides “edutainment” in human development through holistic music, CEO/Founder of The Event Division, Inc.; international program volunteer with the NGO Operation USA and Co-Producer of L.A.’s LEARN.HELP.TEACH, a unique environment where designers, artists, community developers, & educators can share their skills.

Lanni Lantto is inspired by Brandi’s vision for a better world. Ms. Veil is an Ambassador of Sustainability and a charismatic catalyst for change. She is committed to educating a wide audience and being the spark that ignites social and environmental justice.  On October 23rd, Brandi will be an Ambassador of Eco-Fashion; modeling an entire look made out of pre-existing materials.  Ms. Lantto’s true inspiration comes from the discarded materials which she incorporations into her designs.  The intrigue of her pieces is always finding out WHAT they are made out of!

PAST EVENTS: Upcycling Workshop Green Festival Los Angeles

Oct. 19, 2013: Upcycling Workshop @ Green Festival LA:  Lanni will be teaching an Upcycling Workshop as a part of Taryn Hipwell’s EcoDiva Upcycling Lab at Green Festival LA, October 19th 11:00am. Come say hello and learn the basics of Upcycling!

EcoDivas leads simple Eco Fashion Projects that reduce waste and create smiles like teaching children to take items like toilet paper tubes, fabric and string to make a beautiful necklace for Mothers Day. They can take tshirts and make reusable bags using a pair of scissors, a ribbon from a gift and a safety pin, or make wallets from chip wrappers.

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About Green Festival

At Green Festival®, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, we’re celebrating what’s working in our communities and around the world – for people, business and the environment.

Think of Green Festival® as a walk through a sustainable community. It begins with finding solutions to help make our lives healthier-socially, economically and environmentally. Individuals, business and community leaders come together to discuss critical issues that impact us at home and abroad. Organizations and businesses showcase programs and products that restore the planet and all that inhabit it. Neighbor-to-neighbor connections are formed and skills are shared to empower people to create positive change in the world.

Join us at the nation’s premier sustainability event, where you will see the best in green. Enjoy more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music. Shop in our unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses-everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful kitchen tiles made from renewable resources.

See the most recent developments in renewable energy and green technology; sample Fair Trade chocolate, tea, coffee and oils (yes, they really do taste better); and learn how to invest in your community, green your home and avoid products made without consideration of the earth or its people.

Recharge your batteries with all the hope, inspiration and practical ideas you’ll find at the one and only Green Festival.

Green Festival® Facts:

  • Green Festival® is the largest sustainability event in the world and continues to grow year after year.
  • Green Festival® is the only green event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to sustainability, ecological balance and social justice using Green America’s green business standards.
  • Green Festival® walks its talk: each year it gets closer to being a zero-waste event.

For more information about the two nonprofit organizations producing Green Festival™, visit and

LA Fashion Frocks House of DVF TV Show


I created this piece for Fashion Blogger, Kier to wear to Coachella.  (Photo credit on right solely to Kier)

I also (RE)designed a skirt, but due to the nature of the fabric was not able to make it match the pattern of her white skirt.  Such is the nature of (RE)design… so instead I angled the fabric to make a train.


No New Fabric


Lane from The Traveling Circus, is a new mommy and she wanted a new look to old maternity clothes.  Without using any new fabric, I took what was already in her closet and added the floral textile to the grey dress. Et Voila, beautiful new mom!

Two Becomes One


I gave away a free Wardrobe Consultation for blog contest and this was one of the (RE)designs.  Alison wasn’t wearing these 2 items anymore so I combined & dyed them for a whole new look.

(RE) Top 5 Green Finalist fffashion Awards

FFFpressPresented by Born Free USA and E-Magazine: The Fur Free Fashion Competition.

Tesla Jacket


Creative Director, Photographer, and friend, James Orlando modeling the Tesla-inspired Men’s Jacket. Made from auto parts and other found object materials.

Power Plant


Model, Asia Kate Dillon, a longtime friend and fellow upcycler in the Power Plant dress a joint collaboration with Screen printing Artist, Marco Williams. Made from 2 separate dresses and a metal belt, the custom image tells the story of our transition to electric cars- and the hope that we will move beyond the Power Plant.

Capsule Collection Created for Sustainable Style Night @ Tesla Motors NYFW






The Story of (RE) Before & After Photos