Felt architecture for the body, Zero Waste style
By approaching fashion design from a Zero Waste perspective you are making a bold statement for the environment and committing to a rigorous creative process. When you are designing garments that are not based in trends or styles but rather in innovation, effectiveness and economy of materials, the process is more difficult and takes longer than the one in the traditional fashion system. This design philosophy is aligned with new movements around the world that advocate for a better and more respectful relationship between man, production and the resources of our planet. This is my very first attempt to design complete garments using Zero Waste as main concept. The pieces presented here were developed using fabric modules and draping them on a dress form. I used natural felt (100% Wool) because of my fascination with this material, its textural and color qualities and because it’s produced in a sustainable way. This collection also wants to question the relationship between creator and maker, a relationship that is incredibly weak in the fashion world where designers usually are not connected with the process and people that adapt to production and put together their designs. That is why I designed and constructed the garments with my own hands spending long hours in delicate manual labor.
The pieces in this collection were made using a mix of techniques: cutting, draping,folding, steam molding, and machine and hand-stitching. All garments were hand stitched except this one, constructed using a sewing machine because the panels needed to be evenly joined along the edges to achieve the effect I was looking for.
Carefully located invisible metal clasps hold the garment in place and also facilitate it access and removal.
The modules used in the construction of this garment are a byproduct from perforated felt wall panels production.