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Le Linge Sale

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  • The title, Le Linge Sale, comes from the French saying, “Il faut laver son linge sale en famille.Its idiomatic equivalent in English is “Don’t air your dirty laundry in public.” The purpose of the project was to air the fashion industry’s dirty laundry, its toxic manufacturing practices. The visual solution tells the story of the production of a dress (from fiber to finished product) in the vernacular of the fashion industry, a cocktail dress. From a distance the form engages the shopper, but as she approaches the real story behind the dress is revealed. Each tier exposes a toxic process—the use of pesticides/insecticides in cotton production; the contamination of water sources during fabric dyeing; the harsh working conditions for garment factory employees; and the tons of discarded clothing occupying landfills.