Biomimicry and fashion, a new chapter of a long story – the case of Auroboros

The fashion collective of digital designers, florists and pattern cutters helmed by Paula Sello and Alissa Aulbekova builds up digital garments and structures for in-game avatars and Instagram filters Auroboros is the couture brand from designers Paula Sello and Alissa Aulbekova, who are growing structures onto their garments through physical and digital crystallization. Here they talk about the relationship between technology, science and fashion and the sustainable possibilities of digital pi

The upcoming blockchain

The Dematerialised’s Founder Karinna Nobbs talks about how there is a clear market for digital-only garments that can be switched, traded and owned just like a collectable item Blockchain – The future of fashion is digital Karinna Nobbs, co-founder of The Dematerialised along with Marjorie Hernandez, a blockchain-backed marketplace for digital fashion has seen the way that the industry has responded to the changes in recent years. «We launched it in March 2020. What can you actually do with

Aged clothing — genre-less upcycled fashion and silk from parachutes

«I changed to menswear design because in womenswear, the freedom is over the top». In conversation with Fumika Oshima, founder of Proposition Fumika Oshima is the designer behind Proposition, an upcycling brand she started while at Central Saint Martins in 2017 with Richard Spandler, a vintage clothing dealer working with French workwear and military clothing. Inspired by the work of modern artists like André Butzer and Margiela, Fumika uses a patching technique to carve out stronger squares an

Rebecca Marsden — athleisure isn't a limited market for merino wool yarns

The future of knitwear and knit products does not sit in the heritage field. In conversation with knitwear designer Rebecca Marsden on the crafting of wool items with machine knitting Zofia Zwieglinska: How did you start in knitwear and what moved you over from Ireland to your MA at the Royal College of Art? Rebecca Marsden: I am based in Ireland myself and studied my BA at the Limerick School of Art & Design. Knitting had not been what I was intending to focus on as a pathway. The tactility a

Alexandra Sipa — transfiguring electrical wires into Eurovision-esque aesthetic dresses

A collaboration that resonates with how the Eastern bloc used to work under communism. In conversation with Central Saint Martins Womenswear Design graduate Alexandra Sipa Zofia Zwieglinska: Your dresses resemble couture, marrying Eastern bloc kitsch with full-on fantasy. What led you there? I was born in Bucharest, Romania, where I lived until I was eighteen until I moved here to study foundation at Kingston University. I have spent the last five years in London, with the exception of my plac

Mathilde Rougier — an evaluation of virtual clothing and its contribution to sustainability

The future of fashion may jut be in virtual technologies. In conversation with designer Mathilde Rougier on upcycling vintage through modular augmented reality Mathilde Rougier is a modular augmented reality (AR) designer starting out of London’s Central Saint Martins. Spurred by the lockdown and her face filters for Chalayan Studios, she has evolved her upcycling through augmented reality plane tracking that gives outfits virtual combinations through Louis Vuitton leather off-cuts Zofia Zwieg

Biomimicry and fashion, a new chapter of a long story – the case of Auroboros

The fashion collective of digital designers, florists and pattern cutters helmed by Paula Sello and Alissa Aulbekova builds up digital garments and structures for in-game avatars and Instagram filters Auroboros is the couture brand from designers Paula Sello and Alissa Aulbekova, who are growing structures onto their garments through physical and digital crystallization. Here they talk about the relationship between technology, science and fashion and the sustainable possibilities of digital pi

The future of fashion is digital but why do industry leaders consider it a dilution of quality?

«We as a fashion industry need to begin to accept digital as having its own culture, its own savoir-faire and its own appreciation of artisan and digital». In conversation with Matthew Drinkwater, head of The Innovation Agency in London The impact of overproduction has led places like Ghana’s famous Kantamanto market, the largest second-hand market in the world where clothes come in in vacuum packed bales, to refuse donations. In 2016, countries in the East African Community announced that seco

Edible garments: while eating your hat may not have been a proposition before, it is now

PhD researcher and lecturer Oonagh O’Hagan and researcher Cassandra Quinn from UAL are working on bringing bio design and edible garments into the industry At a talk on biodegradable fabrics and digital innovations through modular pigment, PhD researcher and lecturer Oonagh O’Hagan began talking about the processes yielding the samples in front of her. These were created by founder of bio design company C.Q. Studio Cassandra Quinn sitting next to her before opening up a Petri dish and popping t

Plasticiet – Tackling the design industry’s plastic waste problem with Terrazzo

Melting plastic in the toast oven has gradually upgraded to the large capacity pizza oven – a story of the Rotterdam-based building company talking with Joost Dingemans The first human-made plastic, celluloid, was created by John Wesley Hyatt in 1869 as a replacement for ivory, an essential material for the balls used in snooker. The second innovation came with hard-wearing Bakelite, created by Leo Baekeland in 1909 that thrust plastics into their golden age. Since WWII, new plastics like polye

Prototipo

Hemp fiber sourced and entirely crafted in Italy will be available soon. please email us for further information Today there is no yarn made with Hemp from the Italian farming community Hemp is the most sustainable fiber we can farm in Italy Hemp is the only natural fiber for the textile industry we can farm in Italy. A brand new macerating site is soon to be opened near Piacenza. We are going to process / buy hemp fiber to be macerated. further step: hemp yarning procedure is currently o

Imitating stone surfaces through wood that is generated from waste

«Foresso is less about trying to emulate stone and more about using the terrazzo style to make good use of the wood», Conor Taylor reveals the motivation behind the circular company In responsible timber production, older trees are felled and used in industries like design and construction. Many countries around the world contribute towards silviculture, where the guiding principles of forest growth are applied, leading to “natural processes [that] are deliberately guided to produce forests tha

Waste, raw materials and data: industries to re-think their production and logistics

«A business needs to be profitable: thinking for the longer term appears today as the strongest approach to the market» – Pei Yun Teng, Global Director of Social Impact at Kearney Patagonia was one of the three companies in the fashion industry that had achieved an acceptable score in the Circular Fashion Index compiled by Kearney by extending the life cycle of their garments, a key metric for reducing the number of clothes sent to landfill.

Arianee, the company at the forefront of digital passports for luxury fashion

The growing problem of factories around the world bypassing auditing or not following ethical production standards: Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel is at the forefront of digital passports Issuing physical certificates of authenticity has been the standard practice for luxury goods, however, these can easily get lost or damaged. Some companies have moved their records online and keep databases of their products along with customer details.

Organic basics’ circular denim project – Re-designing sustainable denim

Danish brand looks to unpick fashion’s processes and start from scratch with a green supply chain that is transparent about its practices Until 2019, the denim industry was regulated by brands setting their own standards for sustainable and responsible production. However, with the launch of the Jeans Redesign initiative under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular, the initiative set the standard for sustainable denim.

We need to care about Indian craftworkers – we need to see the other side of what we like

Haute Couture designer – Rahul Mishra, and the founder of Nest – Rebecca Van Bergen on providing artisans with a favourable working environment. Implementing in homework practices The Fashion Pact, founded last year, has now gone through its one-year review, focusing on biodiversity, climate, and plastics reduction. One of the aspects missing from this year’s review that has attracted criticism is the lack of consideration for the human element of sustainability in fashion – it’s workers.

Is zero waste just a new marketing move or a properly transparent practice?

In conversation with Holly McQuillan, who discusses the misconception in the zero waste term and suggests new machinery and business models as alternatives in promoting the system From sustainability bloggers in 2016 fitting in a year’s worth of waste into a jar to the continuous greenwashing of the fashion industry, zero waste can become another term that gets lost in the sea of sustainability efforts in fashion.
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