AN ORDINARY PATTERN MAKER
ONE DAY, BECAME AWARE
Did you know that each year, around the world, 60 billion squared meters of fabric are thrown away with the industrial cutting of our clothes ?
This represents about 15% of world production.
And all these scraps mainly end up in landfills in Asia, far from here, without ever being used nor recycled. It is a real ecological disaster.
And the reason behind this ?
The way garments are designed.
Indeed, textile product development today is linear and compartmentalized within three poles that are fashion design, pattern making and fabric optimization.
The problem is that optimizing fabric space comes last. Even though clothing brands use powerful software helping them study the most efficient way of cutting the fabric, the leftovers still persist.
This is simply because the clothes have not been studied as a sort of perfect jigsaw.
and initiated and R&D project
So ... instead of ignoring it,
shouldn't we try and treat the source of the problem ?
By bringing together the three different poles (fashion design, pattern making and optimization) and studying together,
with their respective abilities and know-how, would it be possible to make clothes, where each piece forms a perfect jigsaw
- in short, zero waste design ?
This is how, in November 2016, Mylène L'Orguilloux started this project researching Zero Waste design, to demonstrate that,
thanks to modern technological tools and virtual 3D prototype software,
it is possible to create wearable clothing using every inch of the fabric.
To illustrate the technical feasability, the innovative character and the creative potential that such a concept could bring to the textile industry, Mylène L'Orgouilloux, develops in 2017 a first sample collection of forty pieces of zero waste clothing
and shares in open source all of her cutting plans on her website.
IN A TEXTILE CO-WORKING STUDIO
Our zero waste design studio has been set up at "Sew & Laine", in Bègles (near Bordeaux) since March 2018.
The Milan AV-JC project though is legally developped within an entrepreneur cooperative called Co-Actions.
(Coopérative d'activités et d'entrepreneur.e.s solidaires)
TO CARRY OUT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ACTIONS
Today, Milan AV-JC is a R&D project which ...
✓ analyses and questions the conventionnel methods used in the creation of clothing,
✓explores the potential of digital tools helping eco-design
✓experiments and develops zero waste clothing patterns (DIY)
✓raises the awareness of today and tomorrows designers, schools and companies to the advantages of #ZeroWasteDesign
✓stands out as a collaborative dynamic based on the sharing of knowledge, expertise and information.
Simply put into three actions, what does this give ?