Exhibit Applies Sustainability to Fashion Industry
The fashion industry is constantly reinventing itself, yet new designs trends don’t always follow the principles of sustainability. Fashion designers and artists attempt to show potential solutions for dealing with fashion’s waste in the exhibition Zero Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned, March 3-April 16.
This exhibition challenges fashion systems by addressing their conceptual framework. The designers and artists involved highlight sustainable design practices and create products that consider the reuse and reduction/elimination of pre- and post-consumer waste as part of the design process and production of garments.
Derick Melander is one of six contributing artists in this exhibition located at Columbia College’s Averill and Bernard Leviton A + D Gallery. As an artist, Melander creates large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. As part of the exhibition, his piece Snow Drift (pictured above) features cascading used clothing strategically placed in the gallery’s front window. The two tons of clothing in the installation were donated by Columbia students as well as from USAgain, a global organization that repurpose’s used clothing. Student volunteers helped Melander sort and fold donated clothes and stack the pieces into the installation over a two-day period just prior to the show opening.
The exhibit was featured in the weekly Green Segment on ABC7 Chicago on March 4. That story can be found here
Arti Sandhu, assistant professor of fashion studies and curator of Zero Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned, specializes in teaching sustainable practice in fashion design. See her video interview about the exhibit below.