I found these awsesome self taught designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager, they use the highest quality second hand garments which they deconstruct, re-cut and completely transform.
Annika and Kerry believe in individuality and never make two garments the same. They also do this thing called 'Wardrobe Surgery' service, it's where customers bring their own clothes in for transformation. I think that is one of the best things EVER, please Junky Styling come to Australia!!
Some of the techniques they use are..cropping, attach two garments to make one, change button stands and openings, turninng shirts sideways to make a wrap, add shirring, elastication, rouching to fit things, turn pants into skirts, they make dresses which can be worn as both skirts and dresses, making large mans blazers into dresses, they also use different sleeves to different tops.
Vogue described Junky Styling as 'high fashion street couture'.
Check them out http://www.junkystyling.co.uk/