As consumer attitudes to repair are having a positive impact on the tech sector, fashion is beginning to follow suit with design-led pieces that use buttons and stitching for endlessly adaptable and repairable pieces.
Tapping into the rise in DIY Dressing, Scottish brand Almaborealis is inviting children to get involved in making their own clothes, using simple knitting techniques. Its Puzzleware collection includes a kit to build a beanie hat, and a ‘make your own’ toolkit that encourages children to be imaginative with their clothing designs. Through this product line, Almaborealis is celebrating traditional craft skills, while also offering children an understanding in clothing care, repair and re-use. It also allows children to easily change their clothes in line with their aesthetic preferences.
Taking a high-end approach to adaptable fashion is independent designer Sofia Ilmonen. Her recent collection, Same Same but Different, features a modular design concept that allows garments to be endlessly reconstructed, changing their size or style, or repaired. Each design, whether a dress or a top, is cleverly constructed using a series of fabric squares which can be added or removed through a simple button and loop mechanism.
Having recently been awarded the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Prize, Ilmonen's designs have been described as: 'A really unique approach that embeds ideas of circularity, longevity, regeneration, inclusivity in terms of sizing, a technical understanding of the issues around textile waste, and a collection that is repairable, and designed to last a lifetime and beyond.’
As we look to the future, clothing will convert and adapt beyond malleable materials and repair solutions. Soon, it will integrate technology that enables real-time transformations in clothing colour and patterns.
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