Guyanese exhibits eco-garments in High Bridge Park

Founder of 34-24-36 Sarah Bacchus (fifth from left) with models wearing creations from biodegradable fabric.
By Tangerine Clarke

Inspired by elegantly dressed ladies back in the British Guiana era while growing up in her village of Skeldon, Sarah Bacchus founder of 34-24-36, celebrated her Skeldon Collection to create history at the first Eco-Fashion in the High Bridge Park on Aug. 2, in New York City.

Bacchus was the top designer among others whose models strutted across the 1,450-foot length of the park, wearing eco-friendly outfits in keeping with the event’s clothes swap, and green fashion show.

The 123 ft-tall brick walkway was turned into a runway, where Bacchus, a seasoned designer displayed a variety of pretty cocktail dresses.

Set against the backdrop of great vistas surrounding the public garden, the Skeldon Collection captured the essence of elegance and sophistication, a throwback to old Hollywood glamour where ladies were revered because of the clothing they wore, said the chic designer, who was stunning in a chicken yellow dress from her collection.

The eclectic “Skeldon Collection,” her sixth offering, consisting of 10 pieces, in keeping with the eco-friendly festivities that was important to Bacchus, because of her love of the earth. All of her creations were designed from biodegradable fabric.

The pieces were constructed from linen, silk, cotton and blends, and sewn with strength and enthusiasm for a clean finish to the designs, said the fashion expert, who added that sewing was an integral part of growing up where she learned the basics while sewing to earn a living in her homeland.

The Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, showed off a gorgeous bubble hemline frock in beige, followed by an all-sequin celebration frock, and a navy lace overlay outfit, to showcase her innate sense of style.

The runway pieces also included a white firm fitting dress topped with a black capelet, a red plunging V-neckline with short sleeves, an oversized asymmetric ruffled dress, a flare midriff piece, and a de-constructed attire, all classic creations.

The Guyanese American who credits her mother, a seamstress as being her first sewing instructor, said she does not focus on petite sizes only; her creations are custom designed for a perfect fit.

Launched in 2010, Bacchus’ 34-24-36 is a fitting tribute to the recently $61.8 million restoration bridge that spans the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx over the Harlem River, and draws parallel to the designers journey from Guyana to New York’s famed fashion industry.

The breathtaking environment was another accomplishment for the former lead designer of famous brand, Liz Claiborne, whose clothing line wowed audiences at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the Chelsea Room, La Souk Lounge, and many charitable events around the New York area.

“I like to measure my progress so I never show my collection more that once at the same venue,” stated Bacchus who recalled the words of her father that ‘women should at all times dress feminine,’ a mesage that still to this day, inspires the couturier to create elegant looks.

Her New York sample studio is where the design work begins, and ends, said the fashion maven who has full control of all of her creations, using workmanship to stitch her garments right here in the United States.

Bacchus is grateful to her Caribbean and Guyanese customers who wear her creations. “The best recommendation comes from someone who has worn a piece from 34-24-36,” said the couturier who looks forward to an international clientele to take the brand global.

The Skeldon Collection could be viewed by calling 718-541-2096, by email –SarahB3424[email protected] and website –

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