In July, Première Vision New York is very proud to welcome 4 extremely talented Designers, who will each display an outfit on the Smart Square.
All of these designers have a very special approach to sustainable fashion, and their creations all have a story to tell.
Cienne is a ready-to-wear collection for women who value pieces that are both interesting and necessary. Expressively understated and boldly subtle, the collection finds balance in a dualistic approach.
Cienne’s vision lies at the intersection of creativity, culture, and connection. The brand’s mission is to build a modern fashion brand, within which aesthetics and ethics co-exist. It is built on 4 pillars: Reframing Sustainability, Material Innovation, Empowering People, and Producing Responsibly.
Cienne celebrates diversity with a human-centric approach through initiatives that empower people, including artisanal craftsmanship and local manufacturing. With a focus on doing more with less, the brand is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of their business and promoting new and responsible ways to experience fashion, including care and repair initiatives that prolong the life of their high-quality garments, and on-demand manufacturing which reduces waste.
The Mira Vest / Agnes Pant
Mill: Giardi Tessile
Fabric: 71% COTTON/ 29% LINEN
Manufacturing: Made by family-run factory in New York’s Garment District with on-demand manufacturing
Trims: Corozo buttons (made from Corozo nut) sourced locally in New York
British designer Bethany Williams presents an outfit from her SS19 collection “No Address Needed to Join”. The season celebrated waste materials from the publishing industry and the innovative Mobile Library Charity.
As with every season, the collection was produced from recycled and organic materials. The materials link closely to the story of books and libraries, utilizing waste product from Clay’s book manufacturing in Suffolk. Bethany took the book waste to San Patrignano in Italy and worked alongside the community to weave fabrics mixed from book waste. Knitwear has been created in collaboration with Wool and Gang’s Heal the Wool yarn and with recycled wool from Kent for the hand embroidery. Raw materials are sourced from Chris Carney Collections, a recycling and sorting facility where it goes on to be washed, unravelled before the hand knitting process. Other denim elements within the collection are sourced alongside this and unpicked before being reconstituted and hand printed into new garments.
Sylvia Heisel is a former fashion designer now working with 3D printing, new materials, manufacturing and physical computing for fashion and wearables. Sylvia’s design lab for 3D printed wearables works with fashion brands and apparel manufacturers to develop smart wearables and integrate 3D printing into their product development and collection.
Currently developing a methodology and fabrication system for the design and manufacturing of 3D printed garments, she envisions zero waste-clothes that are printed to order in compostable materials.
This is an exclusive outfit, that was specially designed for Première Vision New York.
Prototype Dress #2 for Compostable Fashion
Charcoal and leaf colored 3D printed A-line tank dress made from biodegradable composite resin.
Durable for wearing and storage, it can be broken down by the bacteria of other organisms in landfill or compost.
Based on hand illustrations and rendered in additive manufacturing software only the actual dress parts were printed – nothing was cut out and zero waste was created.
Studio One Eighty Nine collaborates with artisans in the Cape Coast area of Ghana, near the first slave castles built in the 17th Century, to preserve the ancient art form of Batik. The cloth is first washed, soaked, and beaten with a large mallet. Then, we draw patterns that are carved into wood or sponge. The stamps are then dipped into hot wax, which functions as a dye-resistant, and stamped onto the cloth.
The artisan mixes dye to achieve the desired hue and dips the cloth. After the cloth is dry, the wax is removed, leaving behind a work of art.
No two pieces of textile will ever be exactly the same. It takes 1-2 days to hand-batik fabric for an item such as a dress or a pair of pants. We employ 2-3 artisans depending on the volume of production.