LVMH generously provided rolls of waste fabrics such as wool, cotton and polyester. Our fashion students reused and repurposed these materials, which would otherwise have been thrown away, into conscientious fashion designs.
For the project, students split into six groups – each tasked with creating three slow fashion pieces and a film to communicate their ideas. Each group was made up of three Fashion Journalism and three Fashion Design with Marketing second-year students.
For the ‘Cadence’ project, which explored the nature of the clothing manufacture industry, the group interviewed mother of student Ho-Le Yu. She had been a seamstress in a factory in Taiwan for many years, but because of the conveyer-belt production method she only knew how to make a collar.
Among the other themes students explored were youth apathy, water pollution, consumer culture and the impact of capitalism. Their work was judged by a panel of experts from LVMH and Central Saint Martins.
The ‘Efflorescense’ project was judged to be the overall winner. The zero-waste designs drew on folk traditions of the Czech Republic, where clothes are passed down through the generations as heirlooms. The group’s pieces had ties and gathers to allow for customisation, and incorporated toiling waste and natural sugar crystals into the production.