Fashioning a fabric… On the third day of our FCLSLOWFASHIONWEEK we focus our attention on the fabric creation and more importantly manipulation. Three of our selected Fashion Crossover London designers will be sharing their work, knowhow and tips with us on how to be more sustainable in every approach of your design.

Our three Fashion Crossover London designer Zoey Simpson, Sissel Gustavsen and Daniela Groza look toward more natural dyeing techniques, where no root, vegetable or plant is left untouched as well as giving family heirlooms a new life. Today they share their kitchen and workshop secrets with us, as well as a host a tutorial on how you can dye your own fabric with household objects! Wishing you all a very creative Sunday!

Starting today’s FCLSLOWFASHIONWEEK of fabric creation is a fashion student and designer Zoey Simpson, who loves creating unique pieces by hand and views fashion as art on the body. Zoey Simpson hopes that one day slow fashion becomes the new fast fashion!

Taking inspiration from her Dutch roots, Zoey Simpson named her final collection “Nederlands Gaan”; with the Netherlands being well known as a sustainable and innovative. This is what influences the designer to be creative and think outside the norm when she is creating her materials and the concept of her designs.

Sissell Gustavsen has spent the last few months creating organic luxury peace silk scarves, that are eco-friendly. Sissell Gustavsen started this project after graduating in summer 2020, where she had to finish her final-year project during the first corona pandemic. She self-isolated with her friend in a coastal area in Wales. She had a lot of challenges not being able to use any printing equipment, but she finally started to develop new sustainable ways of printing without using any chemicals.

“My silk scarves are biodegradable which means that they can degrade naturally when disposed of, without harming the environment. I am very particular when I choose my supplier, and I only get my silk from responsible manufactures that produce the materials ethically. The manufacture also has to be ecological, as I only want to use organic peace silk. Peace silk means that the silkworms have naturally left their cocoons.”

Concluding today’s FCLSLOWFASHIONWEEK is jewellery and silversmithing graduate Daniela Groza who promotes female empowerment and diversity through her exquisite designs.

Throughout Daniela Groza's designs, a mix of copper, silver and gold are used to represent diversity through skin tones. All materials are recycled, with gold coming from her family heirlooms and silver and copper being recycled from scrap metal; each piece beautifully reworked to represent something even greater than before.


And now time to head to the kitchen and have a rummage through the waste bin and start dyeing your own fabric as shown here by the Fashion Crossover London designer Sissell Gustavsen. 



Words by Rebecca Jackson and Lupe Baeyens