Beach Couture: A Haute Mess

National Exhibition Register

  • Takeaway Queen
    Marina DeBris Takeaway Queen, 2015
    Photograph, wearable art
    59cm x 89cm
    Image Credit
    Photos by Richard Flynn, modeled by Hannah Kat Jones, hair by Erika Schmidt, makeup by Lori Benson

About the exhibition

Plastic pollution has become ubiquitous in our oceans and on our shores. 'Beach Couture: A Haute Mess', is a collection of wearable pieces made from trash collected from the beaches and oceans. It makes visible, in grotesquely amusing fashion, what is often overlooked - but shouldn’t be.Ideally, viewers will walk away aware of this growing problem and provoked to take some action.

The exhibition includes: 10 Large format photographs of model Hannah Kat Jones wearing outfits from the collection, 6-10 physical outfits from the collection, 'Bedtime Stories' - a series of ornately framed photo collages of the model trapped inside a plastic doll house, and 5-10 Mutton birds filled with plastic in their stomachs. These birds have been collected by reknowned marine ecotoxicologist & Research Scientist, Dr Jennifer Lavers, who has been researching Shearwater birds that ingest plastic pollution.

Click HERE  to watch a video about the project.

Artists and Curator

Marina DeBris

Marina DeBris

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
25/09/2018 - 01/01/2022
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Invitations or Invitation Template
Other materials
Educational Workshops - working with local schools and students making creations out recovered materials while learning about the issue of ocean pollution. Live Trashion Show - live models wearing outfits from the collection. This could be in the form of a runway show, dance performance, or simply 2-3 models wearing outfits at an opening or an event.
Primary contact
Marina DeBris
0406 336 934
Photos by Richard Flynn, modeled by Hannah Kat Jones, hair by Erika Schmidt, makeup by Lori Benson