Designing for circularity is still a relatively new design approach, which is even more challenging, when applied to the lingerie and bodywear segment. Lingerie often is made of many different components and underlies strict requirements on properties to fulfill its purpose. While Indonesia is one of the largest producing countries of bodywear for international brands, this product segment stays untouched on most design universities curriculum.
In the framework of the develoPPP project ‘Circular Economy for Lingerie Suppliers: Promotion of sustainable and circular lingerie manufacturers from Indonesia through awareness creation, capacity building, knowledge transfer, practical implementations and the participation at the Interfilière trade fair’ (you can find more information about it on ‘Our Projects’ page), we have built a wonderful education partnership with Bandung based Maranatha Christian Universitie’s 3-year fashion design program to support academic capacity building through knowledge transfer on sustainability practices and circular economy in the fashion- and textile industry. An ongoing series of lectures on upcycling, zero waste pattern making and sustainable design strategies has now been topped by the initiation of a ‘Design out waste’ design competition in cooperation with the project initiator Interfilière, the largest, global trade fair in the bodywear segment.
‘Design out Waste’- Lingerie design competition with textile factory’s prodcution waste
Earlier this year, the students were given the task to apply their newly gained expertise by transforming textile waste into a mini lingerie collection comprised of two complete outfits for woman including at least one accessory, with one outfit designed for the ready-to-wear market and one as a runway showpiece. Additionally, students were requested to create a mood board, collection plan with drawings and explanation of the design idea and a look book including a photo shooting. The provided waste originated from spinning, knitting, lace and embroidery production and garment factories, therefore offered a wide range of waste types, such as yarn waste from spinning cones, cut-offs and defects.
Last Friday, the competition jury, comprised ten members with a broad expertise in the field of sustainability in the textile industry, from Maranatha University, Parongpong, Eurovet (organizer of the Interfilière trade fair), suPPPort and Closed Loop Fashion, had the great honor to award the winning designs, which will be showcased at the Interfiliere trade fair runway show on 24th and 25th of September 2020 in Shanghai, giving the students the wonderful opportunity to access an international industry audience.
The Design Award judges based their decisions on creativity, originality of the overall design concept, uniqueness of applied upcycling techniques, material composition, scalability for production and market viability.
1st Prize Winning Designs convinced with a strong focus on environmental awareness
The first prize went to group ‘Coral’ by Cherish Rosethalia Kamajaya, Devina Budi Raditya and Chrestella Christine. The 4-outfit collection was themed around awareness creation of Indonesia’s endangered coral reefs due to pollution and climate change. The group convinced the jury with an inspiring, very holistic, harmonious concept of soft materials and coral inspired textures in pastel colours and the application of different upcycling techniques.
2nd Prize Winning Design created beautiful feminine styles with a range of upcycling techniques
The second price went to group ‘Al Arte Nunca Muere’ by Anjeli Tania, Cristabella Analicia Pilipus and Audrey Shelomita Sarisin. The three fashion design students presented a beautifully curated 2-outfit collection that emerged inspirations from Gaudi architecture with elements of One-Line drawing. Through techniques such as fabric manipulations, creation of pleats and applications, they transformed tulle, lace and tricot into stunning, feminine outfits with a twist.
3rd Prize Winning Design is all about catchy, bright colours, lace and braids
The third price went to group ‘Flowerable’, by Joanna Zenas Magdalena Parapat and Tassya Mandiri Saputra. The styles convinced with energetic, playful designs and colors inspired by flowers. For the two outfits, lace was combined with braids to create a more urban, streetwear kinda youthful look.
A big thanks to all our project partners, especially Maranatha University and Eurovet/ Interfilière, all jury members, the talented students that submitted their creations and of course the four textile factories that provided the high-quality textile waste materials. We are looking forward to many more exciting events planned together in the coming months and years.