Timo Rissanen, Rogan Gregory, Simon Collins, Scott Mackinlay Hahn, and Julie Gilhart celebrate Loomstate's zero-waste anorak.
Loomstate has revealed their first zero-waste garment: a limited edition, 100% wool anorak designed by Parsons graduate Andria Crescioni ($345 at Loomstate.org). Born out of Parsons' inaugural course on zero waste fashion taught by Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability, this time last year, the anorak was created under the mentorship of Loomstate founders Scott Mackinlay Hahn and Rogan Gregory.
Students from Rissanen's course participated in a design competition to create a zero waste garment. The winner would see their design through to development and production by Loomstate and sold alongside their fall 2011 collection. As I wrote back in February, all of the designs were on view at an exhibit, called Zero Waste Denim, at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design.
Andria Crescioni's dolman sleeve unlined anorak design with a hood, pockets, and adjustable ropes made the final cut. The garment is finished with leather details made from factory scraps and features versatile sleeves that be unrolled to full length.
Simon Collins, dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons, believes the collaboration proves that zero waste fashion can be a success. He had this say, via the press release:
Zero waste fashion is an innovative design process that produces no fabric waste. In effect, patternmaking becomes an integral part of the process, creating a richer, more sustainable design practice. Through this collaboration, we have proven that zero waste can be a viable manufacturing process for designers.
Hahn and Gregory are making an investment in the future of green fashion by mentoring students and working with Rissanen. Students are tomorrow's designers and educating them on responsible sourcing, dyeing, finishing, and energy consumption better equips them to design green from the get go.
Crescioni, a recent graduate, already with a zero waste garment produced by Loomstate under her belt, is proving that she is one to watch out for on the green fashion scene. She's putting her design skills to good use with her next project: a collaboration with Peruivian non-profit Awamaki Lab.
Andria Crescioni is currently in the Patacancha Valley of Ollantaytambo, Peru on a four month residency program where she is working with impoverished Quencha women weavers and fair trade textiles to create a capsule collection. She follows in the footsteps of designer Nieli Vallin, a student from Paris's Chambre Syndical de la Couture, who developed Awamaki Lab's inaugural collection earlier this year.
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