Dutch Designers’ Modular “Fragmented Textiles” are Like Legos for Fashion

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Here’s another eco-fashion innovation that is both puzzling and promising: “Fragmented” clothing that features customizable snap-on pieces, requires no sewing, and reduces textile waste. Leading this charge is Refinity, a Dutch design consultancy whose Square Dress and Star Skirt are based on a click/fold assembly system that allows you to wear the same garment in countless ways, alter its design on demand, as well as wash or replace the parts separately.

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Designers Fioen van Balgooi and Berber Soepboer created their Fragmented Textiles collection as an experiment in applying cradle-to-cradle principles to clothing production, use, and disposal. Made from Cradle to Cradle-certified wool felt in a range of vibrant colors, the Fragmented Textiles are based on jigsaw-puzzle-like zero-waste patterns that are designed to use every last scrap of cloth.

The click/fold assembly system allows you to wear the same garment in countless ways and replace the parts separately.

To create an interlocking skirt or dress, the square- and star-shaped modules are pieced together via small slices in the wool, which eliminates the need for yarn. (The felt doesn’t fray, either.) The resulting mosaic-like clothing can be worn in a variety of dynamic ways, so you can get by with fewer clothes and yet never get bored.

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Fragmented Textiles was recently on display at the Beyond Green, Good Design symposium gallery at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam. Curated by Ingrid Horsselenberg and Annouk Post of I&A, the exhibit was further evidence that the Dutch are definitely the ones to watch when it comes to combining fashion-forward design and playful attitudes.

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3 Responses to “Dutch Designers’ Modular “Fragmented Textiles” are Like Legos for Fashion”

  1. janerain says:

    Where and how do we purchase this fantastic clothing?

  2. refinity says:

    Just one remark; Refinity is the consultancy, the dress and skirt technique is called fragment textiles. http://www.refinity.eu/en/berber-soepboer.htm

  3. GamerGirl says:

    Ok, looks cool, but how many HOURS of frustration goes into clicking together 100000 little pieces to make your dress different every time you want to wear it???

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