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The signature blue leather that cushions Southwest Airlines passengers’ backs and backsides during flights across the globe approached a new kind of runway on a recent Saturday night in Houston’s EaDo neighborhood. That same leather had been snipped, draped, and sewn up into a couture wrap skirt, a form-fitting vest, and patchwork culottes. A deejay played “Up, Up, and Away” by the 5th Dimension as chicly attired fashion show guests clapped appreciatively and models strutted by, each in a garment that used to be something else. The Southwest designs, part of a new collection called “Take Flight,” were created for an annual fundraiser for Magpies & Peacocks, which bills itself as the U.S.’s “only 501(c)3 non-profit design house dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of…
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