A new exhibition in Wellington shows the work of designers seeking to make fashion without making waste.
April 29th, 2011
Fashion designers from New Zealand and around the world have come together to create pieces that look good and leave minimal waste.
With 15% of the fabric used for clothing ending up in landfill, the zero waste approach aims to return to the pre-Industrial Revolution method of making clothing, before cloth became cheap and expendable.
Designs are made to patterns that treat fabric like puzzle pieces, in the vein of the traditional Japanese kimono, to minimise waste.
Another technique involves draping fabric rather than cutting it, then tucking, layering and sewing.
Even the exhibition platform – a collaboration between designer Chris Jackson and graphic designer Gerbrand van Melle – was created with sustainability in mind – for example, a series of stools was cut from test prints of the patterns to maximise use of waste material.
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