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.
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.Tess van Zalinge.com
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.”
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