Some of the items used were originally in garment form, however the extent of damage rendered them unlikely to be of practical use in their original state – therefore breathing new life seemed like a great way to make use of such beautiful and unique cloth.
All items were purchased locally within a 100km radius of my home. Cloth used in this design is primarily natural fibre, with the exception of two metallic pieces, which will require responsible cleaning to ensure the metallic threads don’t enter the waterway.
By incorporating traditional garment construction techniques with contemporary, this design aims to achieve the ultimate level of sustainability in becoming timeless.
Materials – silk, linen, cotton, metallic thread, metal.
Seeking out garments and textiles that are not only beautiful and of superior quality but also provoke an emotive response. Megan aims to create garments that combine an element of fun through the use of a vibrant colour palette as well as unique versatility.
One of the perpetual problems with clothing and fashion is ‘fit’ – bodies, lifestyle and habits can change over time, rendering favourite garments inadequate, which can result in a guilty or regretful outcome. This outfit aims to allow the wearer the flexibility to modify its size either in expansion or reduction by taking advantage of the button adjustment system incorporated within the design. Additionally, the versatility made up by the various components of this piece combined with it’s reversibility creates a unique flexibility for the wearer to invent their own original style; multiple variations within the one garment also eliminates the need for excessive consumption.
This outfit takes inspiration from historical fashion and combines cross-cultural textiles with timeless styling. With the current trend towards homogenised mass produced clothing with enormous waste attached, it is my belief that the future can only bring a return to greater individualism and respect for the garments we choose to purchase. There is no conceivable way we can continue to buy and discard clothing at this current rate; trends must change and our thinking about consumption, garments and fashion has to change with it.
For Megan the importance of sustainability means incorporating predominantly pre-loved and vintage textiles, providing flexibility if fit, ensuring minimal waste when cutting garments and using small scraps to make accessories including buttons, jewellery and purses.