In a rapidly changing world, what is the future of fashion?
Wear We Are Going is an eco-fashion design contest that is creating a platform for innovative concepts, showcasing creativity and hopefulness in addressing global ecological challenges. We asked submitting designers to imagine innovative fashion for the future, with a focus on the themes of beauty, resilience, and adaptation that speak to our shared ecological future.
You can check out each of our amazing finalists’ designs in the portfolios below. Their built concepts were showcased during our live broadcast event, during which the contest winner was announced!
This concept is inspired by nature’s beauty and resiliency. The design goes against fast fashion by focusing on circular fashion, and by using sustainable materials to produce high-quality garments that will last through years of wear and washing. The end goal of the garment is to be 100% biodegradable. By using high-quality sustainable materials, the garment is ensured to withstand the test of time. Focusing on nature’s power and beauty, I chose a 100% linen fabric that I will hand dye with organically grown beets to achieve a striking and powerful color, reminding us of the resources the earth provides us. The garment is designed to age with you (everyone’s body changes shape and size as we age), with a slightly oversized top and a double wrap skirt that will expand with the body as it changes. The garments are staple pieces, and they can be mixed and matched with other clothes to give the consumer more options and use. To create a garment that promotes circular fashion, it needs to be biodegradable. The garment will be made from linen fabric with cotton thread (there are no buttons or zippers). The topstitching on the garment makes it more durable, while giving it texture and intriguing details. The beets are locally sourced by a women-led small business. They are grown organically and will be used to hand dye the garment. The garment set is garment dyed to produce a unique color, resulting in less water needed in the dying process.
Organically grown beets, 100% linen fabric, cotton thread, water for dying process, stainless steel pot (for dying the fabric).
About the Artist
Hi, I’m Morgan. I’m a senior at the University of Texas studying for a Bachelors in Textiles and Apparel through the College of Natural Sciences. I’m a fabric, design, dog, and outdoors lover. I work as a TA for computer aided design apparel at UT. This summer I’m working for a small apparel business as an intern! I have a love for sustainable design, and I’m constantly looking to learn more.
Follow the artist on Instagram: @morgandavissss
VenturaVie/V Boutiquedirectly benefits those in need. Our focus is primarily the San Francisco Bay area and global girl’s/women’s rights, especially around issues of sex trafficking and domestic violence. We also offer internships through V Boutique in the Cannery in San Francisco and have ongoing mentorship programs for young people. V Boutique represents fashion, compassion, and community, and VenturaVie unifies fashion, the arts, and nature.
Salt Tree Artcreates rich community spaces that unite arts and ecology in unexpected, educational, and inspiring ways.
We explore creative processes that integrate natural and social systems, revitalizing the links between community, ecology, and the arts. We accomplish this through development of environmental artworks, production of public performances and events that showcase environmental art, and community education and advocacy on ecological issues.
Our organization is for everyone, whether your passions support the arts, agriculture, food security, education, environmentalism, or community development. Our programs use the arts to foster interdisciplinary connections and to build innovative approaches to ecological issues.
Bridgett Artise is the owner, author and designer of Born Again Vintage and has pioneered upcycled fashion into the fashion world since the early 2000s. She is the founder of Sustainable Fashion Week US, created to raise awareness for environmental and social change in the fashion industry, while providing a platform to emerging sustainable designers. She is also responsible for creating one of FIT’s first sustainability classes and has been dubbed a vintage fashion expert by the New York Times.
Lauren Baker has been surrounded by the fashion industry for her entire life. She even started working as a photo shoot assistant at the age of 10! She is part of the renowned design house, Walter Baker, and when she isn’t in the showroom, she supports the performing arts as a member of the Board of Directors for South Shore Theatricals.
Vladimir M Colón has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years as a patternmaker, technical designer, and product developer. He holds degrees in Menswear Design and in International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, as well as a certificate in patternmaking for womenswear from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, he has worked with several New York City-based brands taking on sustainable initiatives and practices.
Green Tree Textiles, based in New York, has been a visionary leader in the mission to re-use textiles and reduce landfill usage.
Walter Baker is a renowned global fashion brand based in New York and an iconic designer showing sophisticated versatile fashion, trendy clothing that is classic and edgy for the modern women.
Ben Elias is a fourth generation business that has become a legendary name in fashion as one of the largest apparel distributors in the United States.
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