A look at radical lady, dresser and fashion designer Megan Browning's sustainable thesis collection

Check out the goods from Yoko in Mom Jeans vol. 1 feature interviewee, Megan Browning, below. Read all about how she brought her knowledge of thrifting and working with meager resources to her experience at Parsons, and why sustainable clothing doesn't need to be "drab" in our first issue, available here

Megan's thoughts on her collection

“I work from nothing, so a source of inspiration is working with limited means,” she says. “Even my thesis collection was made entirely from my and my sister’s wardrobe, or donated or thrifted materials. Because of this I ‘accidentally’ fell into ‘sustainability.’ People think of it as drab hippie clothing, but it’s nothing like that.”   For Megan’s thesis collection at Parson’s, she created seven “head-to-toe” looks, all of which she crafted completely from deconstructed materials of pieces she already had, or that had been donated to her from friends or teachers. Tablecloths, fabric samples, old bed linens, tinsel from the 20’s and more went into her collection. Preferring her home sewing machine to the industrial options at school, the collection was created over the course of a year on the little contraption. Working with limited resources meant that, unlike her schoolmates who spent much of their time planning out their collections, sourcing fabrics and designing, she started working on pieces right away.  Further bucking the norm, all of her pieces were made to fit herself or her friends, versus the tiny fit models most students used. “I had an issue with that,” she tells me, “so I just didn’t do it.”

Want to know more about Megan's designing and thoughts on fashion? Check out Yoko in Mom Jeans vol. 1!