MARCH’S FEATURED DESIGNERS ~dahlia drive, nine o’clock gun~

DAHLIA DRIVE (Vancouver, BC)

-resurrecting the fashion wasteland-

Dahlia Drive gathers discarded women’s slips, dresses and men’s shirts and reworks them with colour, images and textures to create one of a kind fashion for the unique individual.

Each found piece is considered on its own merit: type of fabric, pre-existing stains or tears, how it responds to dye.  Depending on these qualities, the piece may be buried in the garden with rusty things to over-stain previous stains or patched with pieces of fabric to strengthen a tear.  Then each piece is dyed and screen printed with an image of bones, plants, animals, grid textures and/or lace patterns to produce another layer of history to the garment.

Ultimately, Dahlia Drive creates a sculptural piece which is only fully realized on the body of its new owner.

Wendy Van Riesen is a graduate of the Textiles  Program from Capilano University and is presently attending Emily Carr University to receive her Fine Arts degree.

Please check out the website at for an extensive overview of its repertoire.

NINE O’CLOCK GUN  (9:0G) Vancouver, BC

9:0G promotes Vancouver’s culture, history & beauty in its graphic design & clothing.

A company born from the desire to create clothing for the urban masses that brings light & dark to our beautiful west coast. It showcases what our city is; the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly.

Designs focus on different well-known (or not) historic areas and events in Vancouver – Designs such as ‘East Van’ includes the trolley lines, China town dragon, a yellow canary and the text “east van” at the bottom. ‘Murder in Vancity’ is a reference to the murder of crows that fly east every evening in Vancouver – and also the gang killings of 2008, with the Lions Gate Bridge in the background.  ‘Vancouver Special’ includes the famous japanese tsunami crashing on to the architecture icon Vancouver Special house, and of course the 2010 Tribute (the only cool olympic gear around), featuring the topographical map of the Northshore Lions, an alpine skier and the Lion’s Gate Bridge.

Represent your ‘hood.


~ by Planet Claire on March 10, 2010.

One Response to “MARCH’S FEATURED DESIGNERS ~dahlia drive, nine o’clock gun~”

  1. LOVE your store and the philkosophy behind it. I’m a big girl and love the fact that I can go in and find something yo where that is funky and stylin’ made by local designers that actually fit for us more queen size girls. Plan to see you this weekend.
    Love Lynx

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