Thursday, 28 October 2010

Area for rough guide

Piccadilly/Burlington Arcade
Main attraction shopping
Association with Saville Row
Lots of tailors/clothes
Tradition, style, luxury is the feeling
100 years of the arcade, it was designed by George Tharlie Jell

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Trash Fashion

Average household contributes 26 items of wearable clothing to landfill each year.

Nettle Dress

-Producing cotton use huge amounts of water and chemicals
-Nettle fibre is really strong but fine enough to use in clothing
-They grow faster and need less water and pesticides than cotton (a weed that could prove useful)
-Using enzymes instead of chemicals to break down fibres (i.e. wool)


-Made from corn, wheat, sugar-beet or sugar cane (Plastic made from plants)
-Its fully bio-degradable 100% bio-based plastic
-Closed loop recycling

Knit to fit

- using 3D body scans in 6seconds vital measurements feed into a computer controlled knitting machine
- finished garment in one piece is seam free and to exact style and fit
- no wasteful offcuts which is beneficial to the environment
- (Sandy Black LCC)

Made to measure

- Fabrics made directly onto the loom into pattern pieces
- pieces are woven to the dimensions that are input into the computer
- less fabric is produced which lowers the volume produced which therefore cuts down on chemicals, dyes, water and energy used to make the fabrics
- Direct Panel On Loom (DPOL) technology

- Kate Goldsworthy uses laser beams a new technology called clear weld

LBD dyeing
- Putting the colour dye in the manufacture process of polyester rather than after cuts out lots of waste and gives a more even finish than conventional dyeing as it can be patchy.

Product of Choice - Tantalum

Shot green/purple tantalum bangle, 1976.

- initially used in map filaments
- it has a high melting point
- was first isolated pure in 1904
- useful where intense heat is required
- easy to work with
- important metal
- used in surgery for implants
- bangle made in 1976
- a heavy blue-grey transition metal useful for surgical implants because of its lack of reaction to body fluids