The TEXTILE TOOLBOX exhibition launches online on 13th November. It is a showcase of ten propositional design concepts inspired by Mistra research into the sustainability of the fashion and textile industry.
The exhibition platform functions as a research and public engagement
tool formed around TED’s ‘The TEN’ – design strategies for innovative sustainability thinking and action. The exhibition proposes how these strategies can translate technical and scientific research breakthroughs into design concepts. The new products demonstrate the potential for progressing a sustainable fashion system with new materials, processes, applications and business models. The exhibits are a starting point for discussion – provocations, or ‘provotypes’ – showing us how design tools can create entirely new visions for the future of the industry. This unique online platform offers a global audience a glimpse of a sustainable future fashion industry. An industry that ultimately gives the consumer pleasure whilst also giving the planet and its inhabitants absolute consideration.
The final design pieces use a strategic ‘TEN’ approach to create beautiful fashions for style fans to savour, with aesthetics connecting and responding to the scientific research of the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium.
1. Seamsdress, by Dr Kate Goldsworthy
2. A.S.A.P (Paper Cloth), by Prof Kay Politowicz, Sandy MacLennan (East Central), Dr Kate Goldsworthy, David Telfer (COS) and Dr Hjalmar Granberg (Innventia)
3. Shanghai Shirt by Prof Becky Earley (Research Profile) and Isabel Dodd
4. Inner/Outer Jacket by Clara Vuletich
5. DeNAture, by Miriam Ribul in collaboration with Hanna de la Motte (SP)
6. ReDressing Activism, by Prof Becky Earley, Emmeline Child and Bridget Harvey
7. Smörgåsbord, by Melanie Bowles (Research Profile) and Kathy Round
8. Sweaver, by Josefin Tissingh
9. Fast Refashion, by Prof Becky Earley
10. A Jumper to Lend, A Jumper to Mend, by Bridget Harvey
The collaborations with scientists, academics and professionals, have lead to Tool Kits for action, instructions for making, resources for learning, and films to sit back and watch. International training tools and education models will be available from the site as a free download in the final report in June 2015.
We will also invite a global fashion design audience to submit their own sustainable future fashion projects to us, and selected works will be showcased in an open gallery on the site. We also invite reviewers to send us feedback on the exhibition and to contribute to our final project report. Get in touch for the opportunity to be part of this exciting process.
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