Hope you’ve had a good week! This post is a little different to any I’ve done before. Last year I took textiles at A-level and as part of the course, we studied designers linked to our field. When doing this, I found some designers’ work I found really interesting. Today I’m going to talk about three fashion designers who have created something innovative and hopefully you’ll find it interesting too. I have left links below for each designer so you can go and check out more about their work. On with the post…
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First is Dahea Sun. Dahea Sun gained an MA in fashion futures at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and went on to earn a PhD in textile art at Honkin university Seoul. She is best known for her rain pallette collection which is all about acid rain and air pollution. Dahea Sun first had her idea when visiting family in Korea after an earthquake in Japan. The earthquake caused a nuclear power explosion leading to fear of public health and safety in the surrounding countries. This gave Dahea Sun the idea that people should be able to independently monitor things such as air quality without relying on the use of news articles.
Dahea Sun experimented with red cabbage dyes and created a PH indicator dye that can be used in fabric to detect the PH of the water when it hits. Dahea Sun went on to create an app that she hoped would allow people to input the data from these garments to create a database of air pollution across the world. I find this innovation really interesting in the way that fashion can be combined with science – things you generally wouldn’t normally consider putting together in the same sentence. This fashion/science innovation is able to benefit our health and monitor the environment we live in.
Read more about Dahea Sun and her work here
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Next is Suzanne Lee. Suzanne Lee is a 47-year-old NewYork based fashion designer. She went on to write a book about her research and work called “Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe”. Suzanne Lee has created a type of fabric that grows from bacteria and other similar organisms such as fungi or algae. The fabric grows in a symbiotic liquid. One type of liquid that Suzanne Lee has been recently exploring consists of yeast and bacteria. Suzanne Lee describes her fabric as a “vegetable leather”. Another amazing thing about this material is that due to the properties, the fabric is not only biodegradable but also compostable.
I think this is an interesting innovation that could have a huge impact on the world of fashion although currently, some of this clothing doesn’t look like something you may see on the high street. Suzanne Lee is able to create wearable clothing that can be composted. As Lee said it’s a “vegetable leather” therefore doesn’t cause pain or suffering to animals. Of course, we have fabrics such as cotton (made from plants) but if we are looking for warmer or waterproof animal-free clothing items we may turn to plastics which wouldn’t be a great idea. We are becoming more and more aware of the fact that plastic is damaging to our environment.
Read more about Suzanne Lee and her work here
Ryan Mario Yasin
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And lastly is Ryan Mario Yasin. Yasin is the designer I created a case study on when working on my A-level project because the clothing was aimed at children like my textile’s piece. Ryan Mario Yasin graduated from the Royal College of Art with a mission to tackle the cost and environmental impact of the mass clothing industry. He went on to win the James Dyson award in 20017.
Ryan Mario Yasin Created the Piti Pli clothing which is such an amazing concept. The fabric is, in effect, folded in a concertina style so that when pulled or stretched the clothing expands in size. The point of this is that children grow seven sizes in there first two years. The garment is an outerwear piece that fits children between the ages of six months and three years. This technology allows the clothes to grow with the child and therefore prevents waste and saves money.
Read more about Ryan Mario Yasin and his work here
And that’s the end of the post thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed reading about these fashion designers as much as I enjoyed researching them! Which of these was your favourite fashion innovation? Let me know in the comments.
Bye for now, see you next week!