The grow-shrink-and-turncoat

Payne, Alice Ruth (2012) The grow-shrink-and-turncoat. [Design/Architectural Work]

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This reversible garment, the grow-shrink-and-turncoat, is constructed in modules which allow it to be extended or tightened depending on the wearer. Later, it can be disassembled and then reassembled to form a new garment. The laser-cut holes allow for layers of cloth to be added or removed. The design was developed in part from a brainstorming activity with first and second year QUT students – their ideas included a garment which can be taken apart, a garment to fit many people, and most intriguingly, a garment that can open and ‘grow’ like a flower, swelling up in cold weather to warm the body.

Taking these ideas, I developed a garment which can be disassembled, with layers added or subtracted by the wearer according to aesthetics and / or comfort. The shell is constructed from six squares of laser cut cloth, draped together with six smaller laser-cut rectangles, held in place with removable stitching. Additional squares and rectangles of cloth can be added / subtracted with ties knotted through the laser-cut holes. The laser cutting becomes a patterning device as well as integral to the construction of the garment.

Conceptually, the garment is grounded in the notion of fabric as a precious resource – the pieces are designed to be disassembled at end-of-life, and then reconfigured into a fresh design.

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ID Code: 54278
Item Type: Creative Work (Design/Architectural Work)
Refereed: No
Material: textiles
Number of Pieces: 1
Publisher: Fashionably Early : Designing Australian Fashion Futures
Location: From date: To date:
Gallery of Australian Design, Canberra 2012-08-08 2012-10-20
Keywords: fashion design, sustainability, modular, design for disassembly
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2012 00:48
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2015 22:22

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