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Speedo recycles Fastskin3 swimsuit to create mermaid-inspired ball gown

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What do you do with the off cuts from all of your elite swimsuits? Well if you're Speedo you turn them into eye-catching ball gowns, obviously.

The swimwear company, best known for kitting out competition swimmers across the world, has teamed up with sustainable designers, From Somewhere, to create this colourful ball gown made of surplus fabric from Speedo's Fastskin 3 range.

It's actually the second time the company has collaborated with From Somewhere, the first time being when swimming governing body FINA outlawed textile swimsuits and Speedo was left with a load of stock on its hands that it wasn't able to sell.

This time the collaboration sees a special edition version of its latest Fastskin3 elite swimsuit, made using off cuts from various international swimming teams including those from the USA, Great Britain, Australia Germany, Spain, Japan, Canada, Netherlands and Israel.

Though in some ways the ball gown - known as the Unity dress - is about as diametrically opposed to a swimsuit as you can get, clearly this one has been influenced by water with its long figure hugging design making the model look a little like a colourful mermaid.

Says From Somewhere's Orsola de Castro: "I think our dress speaks about water, and water is life. It's about the environment, and preserving water which should be a priority for all humankind."

She adds: "We wanted to really concentrate on the idea of having a traditional evening gown that totally mimics sportswear design techniques. The sewing, finishes and details were constructed as if the dress would also have to withstand swimming, which presented an exciting challenge."

From Somewhere


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