Col­lage con­cept

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WHEN I read the news­pa­pers or surf the In­ter­net, ar­ti­cles re­gard­ing the environment al­ways at­tract my at­ten­tion. That was how I orig­i­nally got my in­spi­ra­tion for Trends­former.

In my opinion, we can do some­thing to save Mother Earth by re­cy­cling, re­design­ing and reusing our old cloth­ing.

To­day, Trends­former’s sub­ject is about reusing old and leftover ma­te­ri­als.

Yes, col­lage and patch­work fash­ion trend is “in” this sea­son. This is ev­i­dent from the Fall/Win­ter cat­walk pre­sen­ta­tions of Dries Van Noten, Mary Ka­trant­zou, Michael Van Der Ham and other fash­ion houses.

What is col­lage? Col­lage was de­rived from a French word colle, which means glue. Ba­si­cally, the idea was to cre­ate a new piece of vis­ual art by putting all sorts of ob­jects and ma­te­ri­als (pho­tographs, leftover fab­ric pieces, coloured pa­per and trim­mings) to­gether.

Around 200BC, pa­per was in­vented and peo­ple be­gan ap­ply­ing col­lage tech­nique in China. It was widely used in 10th cen­tury Ja­pan for poem writ­ing pre­sen­ta­tion.

Dur­ing the 13th cen­tury, col­lage tech­nique emerged in me­dieval Europe. Then around the 15th and 16th cen­turies, the tech­nique You will need: Old knit­ted dress (re­cy­cle any old and plain gar­ment) Soft pen­cil Ruler Fab­ric scis­sors Leftover fab­ric pieces (re­cy­cle old cur­tains and bed sheets) Sewing nee­dle Sewing thread Fab­ric pins But­tons or other trim­mings was used to adorn Gothic cathe­drals and re­li­gious icons.

Col­lage tech­nique was widely used by the man on the street to dec­o­rate books and photo al­bums dur­ing the 19th cen­tury.

In the early 20th cen­tury, when mod­ernism was in its in­fancy, col­lage was con­sid­ered an artist’s tech­nique. Ge­orge Braque and Pablo Pi­casso were among the first to ap­ply it in their work.

This sea­son, var­i­ous fash­ion de­sign­ers have been in­spired by col­lage but com­bined it with patch­work tech­nique.

What is patch­work? Patch­work is a form of needle­work. Ba­si­cally, it is sim­i­lar to col­lage but only fab­ric is sued in­stead of other ma­te­ri­als. The patch­work tech­nique is car­ried out to make all sorts of cloth­ing and wall hang­ings. Some­times tex­tile de­sign­ers will com­bine it with em­broi­dery. Patch­work tech­nique is utilised in the mak­ing of quilts.

The ear­li­est ev­i­dence of patch­work was found in­side Egyp­tian tombs. In the early and mid­dle ages, it emerged in China and later in Ja­pan. From the 11th till the 13th cen­turies, patch­work tech­nique was prac­tised in Euro­pean coun­tries. In the United States, it was widely used dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion pe­riod as sup­plies were scarce then. Used and old cloth­ing were re­cy­cled to make patch­work quilts.

Nowa­days, we are en­cour­aged to be en­vi­ron­men­tally-con­scious, so the col­lage and patch­work fash­ion trend is timely.

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