Fashion for Good

The fashion industry is undergoing a revolution for good. Researchers are investigating and inventing new raw materials. The complete cycle of clothes production is being rethought from “Cradle to Cradle”, with all the elements being taken into consideration: Materials, Water, Energy, Economy and Lives. Fashion for Good has established partnerships with various designers to shine a light on ways the fashion industry can be more sustainable for the producers, the designers, the workers, and consumers.

The main room downstairs in the Fashion for Good Museum displays a collection of sustainable clothes.
The main room downstairs in the Fashion for Good Museum displays a collection of sustainable clothes.

October 10th, 2019 Fashion for Good hosted an event at their museum in Amsterdam to show off the latest collection by Tess van Zalinge, and the work by Silfir. Van Zalinge’s collection “Fifteen” was “Sparked from a dissatisfaction with the way the wedding industry currently operates, I felt the need to create awareness in this market, where the focus is on beauty for ‘one-day-only’.”

Tess’ signature is clearly present in this collection: body-conscious silhouettes, layering and the use of various crafts such as patchwork, laser cutting, folding and embroidery. Inspired by fifteen wedding traditions every look is an ode to one of these forgotten traditions; pearls, bianca jagger, underwear, queen victoria, blue, cake, white, black, veils, herbs & grains, costume wear, getaway suit, intimates, tulips and upcycling. She takes fashionable heritage as a starting point to tell the story of symbolism, emotion and authenticity behind a marriage.

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Hannah Kromminga travelled by train from Berlin to attend the event showcasing Silfir’s extensive work, specifically the Soft Workwear Uniform. This company spent years researching what people wear, to then create a limited selection of long-lasting garments that people can interchange to have a complete and diverse wardrobe. They have implemented changes in every step of the production process: Raw Material Production, Production and Processing of Fibers, Transportation and Retailing, Use, Re-Use, Repair and Recycle. The whole process is called the “Silfir Circularity Concept.”

Fashion for Good Museum in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands opens its doors to show off fall collections.
Fashion for Good Museum in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands opens its doors to show off fall collections.
A sustainable Tommy Hilfiger bag hangs on display in the Fashion for Good Museum main room on the ground floor
A sustainable Tommy Hilfiger bag hangs on display in the Fashion for Good Museum main room on the ground floor
Shoes by WAO are on display at Fashion for Good Museum. WAO shoes are made from natural materials and dyed using vegetal pigments. Old shoes can be returned to be separated into different parts and ground up into compost.
Shoes by WAO are on display at Fashion for Good Museum. WAO shoes are made from natural materials and dyed using vegetal pigments. Old shoes can be returned to be separated into different parts and ground up into compost.
Fashion for Good is thoughtful about every decision they make. When creating this Experience, they thoroughly assessed everything against their sustainability criteria. The clothes hangers are made from cardboard.
Fashion for Good is thoughtful about every decision they make. When creating this Experience, they thoroughly assessed everything against their sustainability criteria. The clothes hangers are made from cardboard.
Hannah Kromminga from Silfir talks with designer Tess van Zalinge at the opening of their collections at Fashion for Good.
Hannah Kromminga from Silfir talks with designer Tess van Zalinge at the opening of their collections at Fashion for Good.
The audience at Fashion for Good eagerly listens to Tess van Zalinge and Hannah Kromminga talk about sustainable design and production of clothes from haute-couture to prêt-à-porter.
The audience at Fashion for Good eagerly listens to Tess van Zalinge and Hannah Kromminga talk about sustainable design and production of clothes from haute-couture to prêt-à-porter.
Again, Fashion for Good thinks about sustainable materials for their evening event, down to the last detail. The food platters were made from bamboo and coconut.
Again, Fashion for Good thinks about sustainable materials for their evening event, down to the last detail. The food platters were made from bamboo and coconut.
The basement of the Fashion for Good Museum displays and explains the production cycle of T-shirts. Samples of raw and cleaned cotton are available to touch.
The basement of the Fashion for Good Museum displays and explains the production cycle of T-shirts. Samples of raw and cleaned cotton are available to touch.
The basement of the Fashion for Good Museum displays and explains the production cycle of T-shirts. Samples of dyed T-shirt fabric can been seen and felt.
The basement of the Fashion for Good Museum displays and explains the production cycle of T-shirts. Samples of dyed T-shirt fabric can been seen and felt.
The basement of the Fashion for Good Museum displays and explains the production cycle of T-shirts. These women eagerly listen to a Fashion for Good tour guide explain the goals of the museum.
The basement of the Fashion for Good Museum displays and explains the production cycle of T-shirts. These women eagerly listen to a Fashion for Good tour guide explain the goals of the museum.
The Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam makes a statement in everything is does.
The Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam makes a statement in everything is does.
A sample of Tess van Zalinge's latest collection "Fifteen" is on display in the main lobby of Fashion for Good. The main collection is upstairs.
A sample of Tess van Zalinge’s latest collection “Fifteen” is on display in the main lobby of Fashion for Good. The main collection is upstairs.
Tess van Zalinge's collection "Fifteen" showcases wedding dresses made by Upcycling previously used wedding materials meant for only "one-day-use".
Tess van Zalinge’s collection “Fifteen” showcases wedding dresses made by Upcycling previously used wedding materials meant for only “one-day-use”.
Tess van Zalinge's collection "Fifteen" is enjoyed by visitors at Fashion for Good's fall collection opening night.
Tess van Zalinge’s collection “Fifteen” is enjoyed by visitors at Fashion for Good’s fall collection opening night.
The detail work of Tess van Zalinge's collection "Fifteen" is breathtaking.
The detail work of Tess van Zalinge’s collection “Fifteen” is breathtaking.
Mannequin's showcase the work by sustainable designers at Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam.
Mannequin’s showcase the work by sustainable designers at Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam.
Piles of reusable materials from previous weddings decorated the floor of the display of Tess van Zalinge's collection "Fifteen" at Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam.
Piles of reusable materials from previous weddings decorated the floor of the display of Tess van Zalinge’s collection “Fifteen” at Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam.
Various new Raw Materials were on display at Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam. Rethinking the possibilities of the fashion industry of the future.
Various new Raw Materials were on display at Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam. Rethinking the possibilities of the fashion industry of the future.
MycoTEX creates custom-made clothes out of mushroom roots, known as mycelium. Through Body-Based modeling, MycoTEX can grow and build on-demand garments that perfectly fit the body without the need to cut or sew.
MycoTEX creates custom-made clothes out of mushroom roots, known as mycelium. Through Body-Based modeling, MycoTEX can grow and build on-demand garments that perfectly fit the body without the need to cut or sew.

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2 thoughts on “Fashion for Good

  1. Muriel Murch Reply

    What an amazing show. Some great ideas in there and lots to think about.
    Thanks for all the photographs – a museum visit in itself

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