The apparel industry is currently built on a linear model which promotes the disposal of garments. Generations is an exploration of the way we design and construct garments to make them suitable for transformation through a process of deconstruction. The major driving force of the project is to keep apparel out of waste streams and reduce our dependency on raw materials.
The apparel industry is a trillion dollar industry with an enormous significance particularly on a social and environmental level. With growing outputs and dropping prices, this industry is built on a linear model which promotes the disposal of garments. In Northern Europe, about 60% of post-consumer clothes are disposed of in landfills or incineration plants, many of which are still suitable for use.
I deconstructed garments as an attempt to extract value from the materials without compromising the quality of the pieces. Facing numerous parts, redundant construction methods, it became clear that the clothes we wear today are not made for disassembly, and the opportunities for life extension are limited.
With increasing sales and decreasing costs and quality, the fast fashion model encourages inefficient design and disposability of garments. Conditioned by the industry, we have grown to be disconnected from our clothes, which as a result makes us less accountable for the repercussions of our consumption habits.
Rather than trying to improve the separate parts of a flawed model, I think the best way to go forward is to change the way we approach each of them separately and as part of a whole. I imagine an industry based on respect and responsibility with an increased diversity throughout and built-in post-consumer routes. It is an industry where apparel is designed to last, designed to be transformed, and designed to eventually be recovered.
In order to make patterns reusable and facilitate the process of transformation, clothes are designed based on the concept of modularity, and constructed using a yarn that can be selectively degraded without compromising the integrity of the textiles. I experimented using mainly rectangular modules.
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