The fast speed of production in fashion industry is one of the main pollution issues. She went to a clothing factory near my place, which is producing some cheap and fast cloth. The panels and fragments were piled up in a corner, it inspired her to designed some multiplied garments. The silhouette was introduced from workwear and the fabric was hanging loosely on the body.
This was the first attempt at sustainable fashion. Damaged cloth always has a great attraction for her. At the beginning of her research, she found some damaged clothing when she went to some vintage shops. Those stains and holes stored the wearer’s memories and revealed them on the fabric. The sense of ageing inspired her to dig more depth into the emotional design, which will educate people to think about another value of clothing.
Yijia tested some ways of fabric manipulation, like rust dye, tea dye, embroidery, and a heat gun. She found it is hard to copy the same colour and pattern of the tea dye fabric of her test in the wider textile. Then she tried to print those patterns in silk also but it looked fictitious. The colour of the natural dye fabric was dark and the fabric was wrinkled. In this process, plant and time can also design the fabric and bring an ageing atmosphere.
This is the line up of Yijia’s final collection. She deconstructs the workwear and uses some contrast colour to separate a garment into many pieces. The loose shape and fabric create new space among the body and cloth. If you unpack it, those different panels seem to like hanging on the shoulder. The colour and pattern of silk tea-dyed fabric are irreplaceable. Also, she embroidered metal beads on the silk, which she got inspiration from the gravel on the construction site. The silk has a hard texture after being dried, it is an interesting transformation.