About the project
The Fragments Garments circular fashion supply chain aims at inverting the current fast fashion paradigm. To fight the environmental damages created by cheap clothing produced at a fast pace in low-wage countries, we propose to relocate within small urban manufacturing units akin to Fablabs, the production of garments, – moreover designed seamless and modular -, based on a worldwide digital pattern trade. We would gather in one place a locally-sourced sustainable fabric library, a co-creation customer service, an on-demand laser-cutting of customized spare parts to be manually assembled by the user, and a shop offering ready-to-wear second hand clothes made of recombined used spare parts collected there. This project adds a 4th dimension to the classic Reduce, Repair, Recycle concept by involving the consumer who can easily dismantle and transform clothes according to changing trends, needs or sizes, thus leading to a longer life-span.
My artistic practice can be summarized in two words : Research & Design. In order to imagine sustainable alternative processes and scenarios forgarment longevity and user involvement, I want to make a thoughtful use of digital manufacturing technologies. The most significant projects are the 3 steps that brought Fragments Garments to the development stage it has reached today. The concept of FabLab-inspired circular fashion supply chain and innovative concept-store, previously called FashionTechAway, has been first imagined for the 2017 Zero Waste Challenge, where I won second prize. I then created a first modular collection of 8 seamless laser-cut garments (shirt, dresses, perfecto, jackets, trench and coat), all based on a common set of 10 combinable spare parts patterns. Thanks to the WORTH Partnership Project grant that allowed me to cooperate with the FabLabWeMake in Milano, I improved my design further and created the zero-waste square seamless module. An ensuing collection of 5 jackets and coats has been the proof of concept which has given birth to Fragments Garments.
Image: Elisabeth Jayot (C) Fabien Fourcaud, 2019.