Transformative Innovative Pattern Cutting and Draping

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2018-01-01
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Moretz, Colleen
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Overconsumption has been a trend since the turn of the 21st century. This idea of buying quantity not quality has created negative influences to our environmental, economical, and societal resources. Celebrities have a powerful influence on consumers. With today’s competitive social media scrutiny, celebrities are seen wearing a designer fashion only once. Dedication to social responsible actions is the primary focus for my design research, inspiration, and development. Investigating various techniques to incorporate sustainable practices into design exploration. Re-purposing post consumer waste was utilized in a previous design Heirloom Elegance, it was created by re-purposing heirloom textiles. (Moretz, 2013) Zero waste design experiments address the fabric waste from apparel manufacturing. The design Transformation Inward Out evolved from an experimental skirt that was derived from the investigation into Rickard Lindqvist Kinetic Garment Construction Theory’s sphere concept. His methodology explores an alternative paradigm of draping and pattern cutting. The result is a kinetic construction theory that works from the body outward in contrast from the traditional method of working from the outside inward toward the body. (Lindqvist, 2015) The purpose of the final design, Transformation Inward Out, is to incorporate innovative design, draping, and pattern making with a sustainable focus on increasing the value of the garment by encouraging extended usage. Transformable garments have great potential to prevent and minimize waste in a product’s lifecycle by encouraging consumers’ natural engagement in sustainable fashion acts. (Fashion United, 2015) The Transformation Inward Out garment can change both in the length and silhouette and can be worn in different ways and in various contexts.

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