Speaking of talented young designers, take a look what Fiona Oakes and Richard Thorner have been up to.

Two University of Salford fashion students have been working with Asda to create stylish outfits from recycled plastic bags as part of an exhibition at the Lowry, Salford Quays.

Fiona Oakes and Richard Thorner created the three outfits from 3,000 plastic bags at the request of advertising agency BJL which is running an exhibition that explores the link between art and advertising.

The ‘Art and Advertising – A Creative Fusion’ exhibition shows some of the best designs created for BJL’s clients over the years. As one of those clients, Asda worked with the two students to create the designs.

The final outfits include a waterproof mac backed with calico, a knitted green dress and a white jacket made of carrier bag handles which reflects Asda’s aim for its customers to recycle more bags.

Fiona says the carrier bags were surprisingly easy to knit once she’d managed to shred them into ‘yarn’, although the needles were the size of ‘cricket wickets’.

“We wanted to keep the original properties of the bag – namely that it’s waterproof and strong,” she said. “I think we’ve done that and made something which people could wear.  It’s great to see my work on show at the Lowry alongside the work of a creative agency like BJL.”

Art and Advertising – A Creative Fusion runs until 11 April 2010 at the Lowry and is free to attend.