"plastic bags on a fence" NYC 2015
THE BEAUTY OF SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION
My weekly sojourn to the Garment Center in New York City, often leaves me wistful as I eye boxes of 'scraps" about to be trashed. Many of these scraps are in fact yardages of beautiful fabric that are not needed for the project at hand, the trashing of which is often the result of companies and manufacturers not looking at a production solution for these small quantities.
Dealing with waste the old way was NOT TO BOTHER or think about the outcome. Time was and still is a factor in business and making and money. And many in the established Garment Manufacture industry have not got that time to thinkg about the results. .
Nevertheless many designers such as Stella Mcartney and local designer Daniel Silverstayn are creating waves by making statements in their choices in how they source their fabrics, and how they are treating their waste. This gave me ample oppurtunity to do the same, and my dream of turning scraps, muslins, and pre production pieces to reproduce new collections is becoming a reality accepted in the fashion arena worldwide.
Sustainable fabrics, and sustainability is a broad term that includes any product that will enhance or preserve our natural resources or protect our living environment . Be it lace, tricot, woven print , or plain cotton, fabrics are first gleaned from natural resources, go through a laborious process of weaving dying and sorting before it gets to the factory. From there, packaging, shipping costs, delivery and shelf preservation are other hidden costs and labor processes that add value to every inch of fabric.
The "new age" collection that was introduced at our Fashion show at Kansas City Fashion Week, is in fact a concoction of recycled fabrics and inspired by and using a chiffon floral print taken from some sample run chiffon dresses . See before and after pictures below.
FULL LINED CHIFFON DRESS SUMMER 2014. SUMMER 2016 , AND THE SAMPLE PIECES YIELDED BEAUTIFUL FABRIC FOR MY NEW AGE PROJECT OF BLENDING OLD WITH NEW.
FABRIC USED FOR A SKIRT OVERLAY INTERPLAYING WITH OTHER SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FABRICS, SEEN HERE AT A RUNWAY SHOW SPRING 2016.
It is the hope of MTJF to continue using and sourcing sustainable fabrics and feel emboldened to break the tradition of waste that has far exceeded itself in our "fast fashion" industry.