Reduce, reuse and recycle also counts for fashion! In the hope that we the consumers become a significant actor in the fashion-consumerism game change, the Czech Centre organised on March 3rd, a Slow Fashion show with a discussion panel in collaboration with A House Stockholm, the Czech Embassy in Stockholm and the schools of art and design: Atelier Oděvní a textilní design FUD UJEP and Atelier 343.
Both the show and the presentations aimed to spread awareness about the slow and sustainable fashion industry and promote eco-friendly ways in production. The reason they chose to explore these ideas further here on Swedish soil was due to several factors, this being the land of Greta Thunberg’s movement, but also a country with such a forward thinking when it comes to recycling and sustainability.
Jan C. Löbl, head of the project and Katarina Stefan Fedorisinova guided the talks that led to the fashion shows. The topics under discussion were the recycling of plastics, technical and other materials that can be used in the clothing industry; custom manufacturing and its importance in the contemporary fashion industry.
The Zero Impact Students that presented some of their creations in the show introduced the audience to their experience applying the cultural process of reappropriation of artefacts, materials, and pieces of other artefacts that were previously used in a totally different context than fashion and then disposed.
During the fashion show, they presented pieces created by the following collective and designers:
▪️PROJECT ZERO IMPACT – A teamwork of students from the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a collection which emphasises sustainability in the fashion industry.
▪️KRISTINA HONCARIVOVA – A young Czech designer whose focus is to produce slow fashion and long lasting products that embody authenticity and uniqueness. Her collection is based on collaboration with other artists and personal connections with a customer. In the manufacturing process Kristina is in charge of designing clothes and the artistic look of the garment is then created by an artist whose painting gives the outfit its uniqueness.
▪️LAURA-ANDREA ZIZKOVA – Her collection is focused on the variability and functionality of the clothes. In this collection, Laura has found inspiration in the last two decades of the twentieth century. As a main production material she has used recycled paragliders and grapevine. Not being afraid of thinking out of the box is the key point in order to come up with new ideas for used materials.
Here are some of the best looks from all three collections: