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Brief Published: 21 May 2014

Craft & Production in Contemporary Fashion


The MAD Museum in New York is hosting a series of programmes exploring craft and production in contemporary fashion design, starting tomorrow. As an industry where mass consumption and production continue to take a deep toll on the environment, contemporary designers will consider practical as well as conceptual new methods.

Beyond the Garment District: Perspectives on Craft and Technique in New York-Made Fashion is being moderated by Jeremy Lewis, founder and editor of reputed fashion zine Garmento. Participating designers include Mary Ping from the US, and Mike Eckhause and Zoe Latta, a German design duo whose conceptual work challenges the traditional use of materials in view of sustainability and mass consumption.

“As fashion scrambles to rediscover its exclusive appeal, and as consumers become increasingly aware of the grim realities behind such clothes, this series hopes to define a new value, a new way to consider clothes, and engage designers who are actively challenging how fashion is made and consequently designed here in New York City," said Lewis.

Sustainability is becoming harder for designers to ignore as consumers increasingly seek provenance in the clothes they buy. See our coverage of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which was dedicated to future sustainability this year, and 2014: Ethical Fashion’s Year for more.

Beyond the Garment District: Perspectives on Craft and Technique in New York-Made Fashion runs from May 22 to July 10 2014.