THOUGHTS: The Slow Fashion Movement


This is a talk I did at work for a program called Curious Minds where I discuss my curiosity in the Slow Fashion Movement.

CURIOUS MINDS presentation:

SLOW what will it look like?



What I am curious about is…

Slowing things down. Stopping to smell the roses mentality.

What would result if we took a break from technology and daily routine to notice and appreciate the nuances of life?

(SLIDE 1) SLOW movement

My interest is in the fashion industry and trend forecasting. So how can slowing things down relate to this?

(SLIDE 2) SLOW is a revolution

This movement is more then just fashion it is a movement to change our lifestyle for the better of our environment

(SLIDE 3) How will climate change, resource shortages, population growth, and other factors shape the fashion industry?

The fashion industry is currently has a large negative social and ecological environmental impact.

Slowing things down will help

(SLIDE 4) SLOW what will it look like

The slow fashion movement, like the slow food movement or the idea of “unplug”. Is already in existence today.

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(SLIDE 6) words…

The Slow Movement VALUES reuse, tradition, craft and giving a meaning to what you wear

  • It takes into consideration the short + long term impacts of design
  • Slowing down your consumption of fashion
  • Quality over quantity

(SLIDE 7) Maison Martin Margiela

An example of a fashion house that has inspired me a lot and who participate in utilizing the same “slow” values is…

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(SLIDE 8-10) images

The 2014 couture collection was created out of..

“Gathering up bits and pieces from other times and places to re-purpose in the here and now”

  • Found doodads, beads, chains, soda-can pulls, crystals, keys ect
  • Frank Lloyd Wright textiles
  • Scraps of Mariano Fortuny fabric
  • Opera coat from a 1920s Bauhaus tapestry
  • Old rescue blanket
  • Old silk scarfs from a 1920s brothel
  • Embroideries based on designs from 50s tattooist Sailor Jerry

(SLIDE 11) SLOW how do I perceive it?

This is my vision of how Slow looks

(SLIDE 12)

Looking into the range we can go with textile innovation… beyond just “organic” fabric

Biolace designed by Carole Collet imagines a combination of food production with textile production. By reprogramming plants to produce both fruit and lace samples from its roots.

Other image is a girl taking advantage of the still durable vintage clothing on this planet. This shows how vintage and reuse can be personalized for style and how long lasting these fibers are compared to that of fast fashion.

(SLIDE 13)

RAW. –seams, fabric, and denim

Raw Denim is important because of the utility of the fabric and the personalization.

It conforms to the person who is wearing it, denim wears with you

Each wearer can carve their own life into it

(SLIDE 14)

Designed by Jun Takahashi created out of vintage lingerie

Isabella Bow Evening Gown, made from string vest/cable ties

Walter Raes Shaman Coat made from mops/rope

(SLIDE 15)

Hand dyed and hand painted ombre dress

Details created using re-purposed vintage fabrics with hand stitching


(SLIDE 16)

Layering fabrics, materials

Tailoring and detail being appreciated

(SLIDE 17)

Naturals + Organics, Re-purposed + Recycled, Innovative textiles (milk protein, soy ect ) _bio polymers, wood pulp

Layers of textiles that emulate objects that exist in human life

(SLIDE 18-21)

Textile fiber made from extracting cellulose from fruits eg. Orange peel fiber

Hand dying, natural dies, fine embroidery, details

(SLIDE 22)

Details that matter, simple with the details


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