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Show Two: Maison/0 Green Trail winners announcement

A patch of pink and transparent sequins
A patch of pink and transparent sequins
Elissa Brunato, MA Material Futures
Written by
Teleri Lloyd-Jones
Published date
24 June 2019

From across Show Two: Design, the best of sustainable innovation is celebrated with the Maison/0 Green Trail Awards.

The Maison/0 Green Trail shares the best sustainable projects from fashion to material innovation and this year over 60 graduating students were nominated. From that expansive list, the jury had the difficult decision of selecting five students to share the £5,000 final prize.

The trail's jury included Alexander Capelli, Mazarine Yeremian and Clara Gomez from the LVMH environment team alongside fashion journalist Tamsin Blanchard, MA Biodesign course leader Nancy Diniz and CSM Dean of Academic Programmes Rachel Dickson.

Many congratulations to:

Benjamin Benmoyal, BA Fashion: Fashion Design with Marketing

Elissa Brunato, MA Material Futures

Chekii Harling, BA Fashion Communication: Journalism

Olivia Page, M ARCH Architecture

Nathalie Spencer, MA Material Futures


And five commended graduates:

Graysha Assoun, BA Textile Design

Cecily Cracroft-Eley, BA Fashion Design Knitwear

Gabriel De Noray, MA Industrial Design

Jessica Duggan, BA Graphic Communication Design

Penny Hartley, MA Graphic Communication Design

Maison/0 is an incubator of sustainable intelligence designed to provoke practices and challenge our collective futures. Set up as part of the CSM LVMH partnership launched in May 2017, Maison/0 provides a platform to develop innovative sustainable projects across Central Saint Martins and LVMH.

Woman wearing outfit woven in oranges and bronzes
It Was Better Tomorrow, Benjamin Benmoyal (BA Fashion)

It Was Better Tomorrow – Benjamin Benmoyal

It Was Better Tomorrow is a fashion collection of 10 outfits, made with fabrics designed and woven by Benmoyal using recycled cassette tapes and yarns from dead stock.

A patch of pink and transparent sequins
Elissa Brunato, MA Material Futures

Bio Iridescent Sequin – Elissa Brunato

"Within the current fashion and textiles system, the embroidery industry is limited by unsustainable material options and a lack of innovation. Shimmering beads and sequins are industrially made from petroleum plastic or synthetic resins. Their use and disposal impose a huge environmental problem and contribute largely to the micro-plastic issue that planet Earth is currently facing.

Bio Iridescent Sequin finds an answer in the research of bio-technologies that are capable of harnessing naturally abundant materials, to create shimmering structural colours. By extracting the crystalline form of cellulose, the wood-originating matter can imitate the alluring visual aesthetics of beetle wings. The material remains lightweight and as strong as plastic, yet it is compostable."

Front cover of Trash magazine
TRASHMag, Chekii Harling (BA Fashion Communication: Journalism)

TRASHMag – Chekii Harling

"TRASHMag highlights that there are alternatives to both fast fashion and throwaway luxury, championing designers and artists who work with recycled materials or those that come from nature itself.

The aim of the project was to reinvent the language used when writing about sustainable fashion and environmental issues. TRASHMag utilises humour to bring important issues to people's attention, a tone of voice that was absent from this space."

Display of alternative insulation materials
Olivia Page (M ARCH Architecture)

Re-distributing and Re-sourcing the Production of Construction Materials – Olivia Page

"Our continued unsustainable production of materials will lead to the destruction of the planet. This project responds to these climatic challenges with hope and creativity by making and experimenting with biological waste, abundant and invasive plants. By being more innovative with construction material we can decrease landfill waste, increase biodiversity, celebrate degradability, support local businesses and depend less on non-renewable materials and fossil fuels.

Looking specifically at the area of northern Portugal, I have formed a recipe guidebook to the are of the wastes and materials that create decomposable, low-cost materials. Working with multi-disciplinary teams, such as scientists, engineers, designers and makers we can change the way we product materials in the development towards a more equal and sustainable future."

Display of pineapple and vegan wool made from pineapple waste
Wool: re-crafted, Nathalie Spencer (MA Material Futures)

Wool: re-crafted – Nathalie Spencer

"Studies show that in order to have any chance of slowing down climate change, society must shift from the use of animal derived products to more sustainable alternatives. This project presents a vegan alternative to wool by utilising the discarded waste leaves of pineapples from markets and juice bars around London and processing the fibres into a wearable material. By perceiving waste as a design opportunity, an existing by-product is made into a sustainable and biodegradable vegan textile. Through collaboration, the project uses craft as a catalyst to relocate the value of the material and revive the connections within the making process. At the core lies a more sustainable option to wool that is designed within the circular economy."