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.