Leah Becker, a UW-Stout student from Eden Prairie, Minn., models Indigo Cross Hatch, a skirt and jacket that Professor Kim Hahn designed out of recycled jeans.
Kim Hahn, a professor in the apparel and communications technology department at UW-Stout, went in a new direction with something old.
She designed a jacket and skirt combination that won the prestigious Sandra Hutton Award for Fiber Arts last fall during the International Textiles and Apparel Association annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec.
Hahn wanted to design “an innovative and contemporary outfit for modern women” but use sustainable practices in the process. With six pairs of recycled denim jeans, she wove half-inch rectangles to make both pieces of her outfit.
“The woven pattern gives an interesting texture to the whole look while the uneven color of the denim, from various jeans, provides a unique color gradient,” Hahn said.
Hahn’s focus on sustainability has a practical purpose.
“Every Korean woman at some point in her life must purchase (or have made) a hanbok. With human consumption only increasing and resources decreasing, I addressed this resource issue by offering an alternative and sustainable means of fulfilling a traditional obligation,” Hahn said.

Summer Outlook 2012