Caught hook, line and sinker

2016-09-08 06:00
Monique van Eeden.         Photo: SUPPLIED

Monique van Eeden. Photo: SUPPLIED

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USING the right bait, young fashion designer and recyclable material fundi, Monique van Eeden, reeled in the votes at the fifth annual Global Leadership Academy (GLA) Trashy Fashion Show - for the third time in a row.

Van Eeden (14) from Nico Malan High School, whose recyclable dress was designed by herself with the help of family and friends, was crowned the overall winner of the fashion show held at the school’s new eco-campus next to Fountains Mall on September 2.

Displaying their love for fishing, the entire dress was made from empty fishing spools, fish hooks and left-over fishing line.

According to mom Babette van Eeden, the majority of the different materials used were donated by various fishermen in Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay. “Hence the multi-coloured dress,” says Van Eeden. “We did not buy any line or braid. Even the lumo night lights used for fishing were donated to us by a generous fisherman from his stash.”

Donated fish hooks were used for the earings, as well as for the heart detail at the back of the dress.

Van Eeden says the vision behind the dress is to make people more aware about nature conservation and to show them that fishing materials are recyclable.

“Due to commercial overfishing and negligent fishermen leaving their fishing equipment such as hooks and lines on the beach, we decided that our theme would be a dress made entirely from fishing equipment.”

She furthermore walked away with the award for the Most Eye-Catching Effort.

Last year, Van Eeden took the honours with her innovative drress made from VHS tapes and vinyls of yesteryear.

The dress was designed by Bianca Stuke from JBay Academy.

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