How can we reuse fabric and avoid pre- and post-consumer textile waste?
The fashion industry and therefore, garment manufacturing represents one of the most resource-intensive industries that employs a linear take-make-use-throw away economy in its mainstream. Currently, more than 2/3 of a garment’s climate impact comes from production alone: fibre, yarn, fabric and wet processing. With 53 million tonnes of fiber produced each year and 87% ending up in landfills, the industry pollutes the environment and wastes precious resources.
What if we could prevent this and recover value? Thanks to the “refashion” series, Solve Studio gives the answer.
Refashion is the world’s first circular fashion system that uses pre-designed multifunctional fabric blocks and creates a multitude of styles using and reusing the same fabric using artificial intelligence (AI).
the revisited jumpsuit that can be taken apart and reassembled into other styles in the collection
photography by Alexandra Petcu, scenography by Vlad Osiac
‘refashion’ is designed for a circular economy
To cope with the reuse of textile fabrics, the multidisciplinary team has developed an innovative product design and manufacturing process based on a new circular design strategy. They plan to implement this process through automated manufacturing/recovery planning and AI-assisted design. After three years of collaboration, the first stage of the project was successfully finalized by creating a proof-of-concept collection bearing the same name as the system — Refashion.
The collection was created using three pre-designed multifunctional fabric blocks, made from Tencel and GOTS certified organic cotton. The series contains more than 10 different styles: a top, four dresses, two skirts, a bolero, two jumpsuits and a reversible jacket. As well as showing just how versatile fabric blocks can be, each garment can be easily disassembled, redesigned, and remanufactured into other styles at the enterprise level, after being returned by the end user.
reversible and refashionable Lagom jacket
“With the team of the Chair for Interaction and Communication Based Systems, Institute of Informatics, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, via Prof. Andrei Ciortea and Prof. Dr. Simon Mayer, I await this approach increase servitisation in the supply chain and thereby enable scalable circular economies in the apparel industry” explains Cristina Dan, circular mode researcher and founder of SOLVE.
The AI-assisted circular design strategy will be the first of its kind, where human creativity is enhanced by artificial intelligence. The new design strategy today is limited to manual assembly and reassembly of styles. Future research will focus on exploring the industrialization potential of the circular design strategy through automation and AI.
the reverse Lagom jacket. Lagom can be formulated as “not too little, not too much, just enough” in Swedish
the Måne top (Moon top) can be transformed into other styles like the Orka bolero
the Nordlys dress is redesignable, zero waste and reversible (front/back)
the reversed Nordlys dress
for the Mångata dress, two pre-designed fabric blocks were used
the three pre-designed multifunctional fabric blocks can create any style in the collection
this dress is made of Tencel lyocell and GOTS certified organic cotton
all models are made from certified natural fibers
the orka bolero in GOTS certified organic cotton. Orka means ‘to have energy’
the most respectful (for use and the environment) kimono style trench coat, the Ven (friend) kimono is made from a block of fabric
Last name: Remake
designate: Solve the workshop
lead designer: Cristina Dan
photography by: Alexandra Petcu
scenography by: Vlad Osiac
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edited by: christina petridou | design boom