Breakout designer: Gary Harvey

Who he is: After spending almost a decade as the creative director of Levi Strauss and Dockers Europe, Harvey took 42 pairs of Levi’s 501s and created an evening gown. This marked the start of his whimsical secondhand-clothing line.

Why we like him: Harvey turns everyday staples (gray sweatshirts, nylon baseball jackets, laundry bags, etc.) into red-carpet-worthy gowns. “I’m inspired by Disney fairy tales, fantasies and striking photography,” Harvey says. “If I dreamed about being a princess, then these are the dresses I’d wear.”

About the collection: The frocks are flattering—nipped corsets and full skirts, mermaid cuts, plunging halter necklines—and made of recycled materials. Standouts include a dress skirt created from 18 linked khaki trench coats, a poufy avant-garde strapless frock constructed from 30 copies of the Financial Times, and a dress made from 20 white organic tees printed with statements like “clean up or die” and “choose life.” —Lauren Levinson

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