Royal College of Art

U.K. Students Create Wearable Shelter for Syrian Refugees

In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, a group of graduate students from London’s Royal College of Art have created a hooded jacket that deploys into a sleeping bag or tent…

Read More >

MIT is Turning Living Bacteria Into Self-Ventilating Activewear

RESPONSIVE FASHION Yao and her “BioLogic” team refer to the natto cells as “living actuators”—motors that are grown rather than manufactured. In a later…

Read More >

Jellyfish Leather: A Cowhide Alternative From an Invasive Species

JELLYFISH LEATHER \ˈje-lē-ˌfish ˈle-thər\ n. 1. A cow-free textile proposed by Yurii Kasao, a design-products graduate from London’s Royal College of Art. 2. Can be cut,…

Read More >

Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

RAGS TO RICHES Japanese peasants employed sakiori from the mid-18th to 20th centuries at a time when resources were scarce and the cultivation of cotton difficult. Like the…

Read More >

German Artist Tino Seubert Dyes Clothing With Airborne Pollution

SMOG COUTURE Seubert’s goal was two-fold: to imbue something harmful with a useful purpose, as well as generate awareness about our growing pollution problem. “Despite the…

Read More >

Pollution-Absorbing "PHNX" Garment Reacts to its Environment by Changing Color

Lauren Bowker’s beautiful PHNX fashion pieces transform from one color to the next, in reaction to the climate around them.  Using thermochromatic ink, the designer infused delicate…

Read More >

Biowool: A Tough Shell-Like Fiber Derived From Bioresin, Waste Wool

BIOWOOL /’bīō wul’/ n 1 a: Composite material currently in trial development made from bio-resin and carded wool waste fiber from the carpet industry. b. Application…

Read More >

Hollie Paxton's "Rubbish" Jewelry Questions the Value of Everyday Trash

Generally speaking, most people consciously try not to look “trashy” when choosing an outfit or accessories for their wardrobe. Yet, there is something alluring about the…

Read More >

"Made in the Dark" Scented Jewelry Helps Blind Artisans Earn a Living

SMELL OF SUCESS The Made in the Dark team worked with the nonprofit Andh Kanya Prakash Group School and the Blind People’s Association in Ahmedabad to develop a unique…

Read More >

Carlo Volpi Challenges Notions of Masculinity With Campy, Colorful Knits

It’s easy to understand why someone like Carlo Volpi would have a deep and abiding passion for wool. The breathable fiber is a natural insulator that can be weighted to keep its…

Read More >

Nina Khazani Recycles Human Hair Into Curiously Glamorous Accessories

HAIRY SITUATION Human hair isn’t the easiest material to work with. Then again, Khazani is an old hand at bending it to her will. She first started experimenting with shorn human…

Read More >

Lasso: A Flat-Pack Wool-Felt Slipper You Assemble Yourself

Gaspard Tiné-Berès’s “Lasso” house slipper is a shoe you assemble yourself. Made of a single piece of die-cut wool felt, the shoe is shipped flat with a single…

Read More >

Modular "Pack" System Disassembles, Reassembles Into Myriad Carryalls

PACK IT IN Pack’s modularity, according to Verspoor, challenges the finite lifespan of textile products. “Each of the Pack components is made of one material and has one…

Read More >

Esprit, Royal College of Art Collaborate on Eco-Fashion Collection

Now in its fourth decade, Esprit is ripe for reinvention. The international apparel label, which Susie Buell and Doug Tompkins began in 1968 from the back of a Volkswagen minibus in San…

Read More >

Saharan Refugees Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Amazing "Gold" Jewelry

PLASTIC GOLD The low-cost, low-energy production process requires only hot sand, a “nail board,” and paint. First, artisans carefully paint plastic bottles the desired color…

Read More >

Jane Bowler's Space-Age Raincoats Make Fantastic Use of Recycled Plastic

Photos by Joanne Warren Stormy weather? Turn that frown upside down with one of designer Jane Bowler’s avant-garde raincoats, which deftly meld East and West influences. Sculpted…

Read More >

  • 1