Apocalypse Apparel

Apocolypse Apparell 5 June 2015Photo above:  Runway model showcasing designs at the Southwest Graduates Show, Beijing, China.

Every person should have their escape route planned. I think everyone has an apocalypse fantasy, what would I do in the event of the end of the world, and we just basically – me and Nick – said what would we do, where would we head?

Simon Pegg

One thing that annoys me is when you see women in these terrible and incredible situations with perfectly glossed lips. You’re not going to look good in the apocalypse.

Sarah Wayne Callies

RUDE has been known to discuss how we will cope should there be an apocalypse.  Sometimes we joke about zombies after watching a movie featuring them.  And at the moment we have Mad Max:Fury Road and mayhem on the badlands.  Most of the time we try to give some serious, and considered thought, to how we might survive in an economic depression. 

And we also ponder the threat of water wars, should water become scarce or privitised.  After watching The Well last night and reading about how Nestle is selling bottled water from artesian wells on native reservations in the US, it’s a frightening thought. 

Living a very frugal lifestyle will ensure that we are not on the back foot worrying about how we are not going to be able to afford overseas holidays once a year, to wear designer clothes, to drive expensive cars, to dine out at restaurants at least twice a week, and go to the hairdresser every 6 weeks for a $400 cut and colour.

We have planned that we will only be wearing scavenged clothes that will need to be repaired and made to last.  We have collected all the textiles that we require to survive on the wastelands.  I have my hand-cranked sewing machine for repairs as well as my sashiko stitch mending ability.  Have you noticed in movies about the apocalypse the costumes are all raw edged and sashiko stitched?  I have been paying attention and getting inspiration for RUDE’s wasteland wardrobe.  Scavenger Style has been seven years in the perfecting.


Video #1 above:  Free textile and garment finds.

Video #2  below:  A garment from #1 video above has been re-made.


Beat The Man and plan for a rainy day!


2 thoughts on “Apocalypse Apparel

  1. A hand crank sewing machine! *turns a little green*. I love apocalyptic films I must admit and my favourite story of all time is Swiss Family Robinson which, whilst not apocalyptic, is about having to survive with no on demand convenience. 🙂
    We’ve got several items of clothing made from upcycled bed linen. In fact, we attended a wedding where my sons wore matching pillow case shirts, my daughter was in a pillow case dress and I wore a dress made from a bed sheet. We were all complemented on our beautiful clothes. 😀
    New anything will be out of the realms of possible for a LONG time if the crash I forsee actually happens. With our climate warming, fossil fuels coming to an end and the economy teetering on its precarious knife’s edge, the only new will be “made new again” or “new purpose”. Tea towel dresses? Daddy’s work shirts as daughters dresses, Mummy’s jeans as kids trousers, and one 1 want to try is bedsheets making up jackets that are in turn, oiled with boiled linseed oil to make rain coats for the kids and I. 😀
    I LOVE upcycling and op shopping. So much more fun and challenging than buying new off the same-as-everyone-else, mass-produced fashion for a season clothing. 😉


  2. Thank you for your wonderful insights rabidlittlehippy. Now please tell me is it hand crank or hand cranked? RUDE Boy is mechanical but bad at English and he told me hand cranked. I am awfully conflicted now LOL.

    I loved reading your comments about how you upcycle textiles. I think RUDE will be seeking out you guys to form the ‘After the Appocalypse Agenda’ and band together to survive.

    RUDE like you do not want to buy from shops the same-as-everyone-else. We do not want to buy anything much really hence Scavenger Style.


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