Constructed entirely from recycled fabrics (fabric scraps from previous projects, fabric waste found in the workshop rooms, recycled textiles from thrift stores, etc.) this design address the problem of material waste within the fashion industry. Fashion production has many negative impacts on the environment; from pesticides, the chemicals and dyes used in the production, the wasted fabrics and materials created during production. With the low costs and fast changing trends of fast fashion, clothing has come to be a disposable item. Such attitudes have major impacts on the rising levels of textiles waste. In the past it was necessary to re-purpose old fabrics into useful items such as rugs or quilts. Quilting techniques were passed down through generations and cultures. Quilting is a unifying art, it brings together that which seemingly does not belong in the form of a fabric collage. This garment seeks to remedy the problem of textile waste within the fashion industry through the use of thick layers of recycled and re-purposed fabrics (primarily muslin) to convey the weight of our carbon footprint. Quilting techniques will allow smaller or unusually shaped fabric pieces to be used. Clever patternmaking and innovation help to reduce waste. Embellishing techniques such as embroidery and top dying add beauty to the materials, creating new value for the former ‘trash’ used in the creation of the garment.
Photographer: Kaven Tremblay