At the height of rapid consumer culture and fast fashion cycles, the fashion industry has been built on standardized processes. How can a shift towards more sustainable practices in the fashion and garment industry take place? Current fashion design practices involve conventional patterns that contribute to 15% fabric waste at the cutting stage. Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting (ZWPC) is an alternative cutting technique that addresses material waste at the design stage in the garment life cycle. What tools do designers need to be more autonomous from groupthink? What would enable them to experiment or implement ZWPC? How do you create change without risk?
Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting is a method which produces no off-cuts: the garment is created within the space of the fabric width.
Each garment is designed strategically to consider using every piece of material cut from the fabric bolt. Improvisation is used as an exploration; a process of 'critical making' to adapt to the constraint of using all of the material and creating no waste. The inspiration for the garments was movement, gestures, improv, modularity and fluidity.