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Fast Forward Fashion

posted on 2020-03-09, 16:24 authored by Kate Goldsworthy, Kay Politowicz

This exhibit represents part of the practice element of a multidisciplinary project, supported by Mistra Future Fashion (2011-2019), which sought to create new proposals for 'fast forward' fashion (Goldsworthy et al, 2016). A new paper-textile was developed with Swedish science partners and transformed through innovative finishing techniques and technologies to add visual and tactile qualities, durability, and functionality for use. Both traditional and hi-tech processes were developed and these have been tested with the scientific partners for strength, recyclability, compostability and importantly, user perception. Full results were presented in November 2018 as part of the project showcase 'Disrupting Patterns' in London, with Swedish fashion brand 'Filippa K'

In the ‘Fast-Forward’ concept, a wearable 'paper' has been co-developed by the Centre for Circular Design (UAL) and RISE: Bio-economy, Sweden. Other commercially available nonwoven materials were also reworked, as an inexpensive 21st-century fabric with an intentionally short lifespan, that can be either recycled or industrially composted. The paper fabric is made from unbleached wood pulp and other bio-based materials, and finished using combinations of natural dyes, laser surfacing, and efficient ultrasonic construction, depending on the material content. PLA and RPET nonwovens have also been used as alternative concepts, with focus on the reduction of all materials energy and chemicals at every stage. With automated production, consumers could customise each garment's colour, pattern and shape. Acknowledging that disposable fashion forms part of most wardrobes, this new material is intended to offer a more sustainable approach to fast fashion.

The first in a series of garments and samples is currently on show at the V&A ‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibition. In November 2018 the complete series was presented alongside the ‘Service Shirt’ concept (Earley, 2018) which represents the 'super-slow' part of the project. Industry collaborators 'Filippa K' also launched their latest Front Runners garments as part of the project showcase 'Disrupting Patterns' in London, at Chelsea College of Arts.

Watch a film about the project here https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/the-future-of-fashion

Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice Exhibit

University of Bolton

23-24 January 2019

Photographs by Tony Radcliffe and Di Downs


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