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Brief Published: 3 Feb 2014

The T-Shirt Issue: Melting Sweatshirts


Berlin-based design collective The T-Shirt Issue has manipulated jersey fabric to create a four-piece installation of faceted garments that appear to crumple and melt. The works exemplify how structural folds can be used to create adaptability in soft materials.

Each of the four designs was created digitally using high-resolution 3D scans of a sweatshirt. Creases and forms in the fabric were morphed and exaggerated into polygonal patterns, which were laser-cut into the jersey. The garments were then assembled and stiffened with paper to keep the forms rigid.

Flex, Facet & Fold further explores how designers are challenging the conventions of which materials should be hard or soft by creating fabrics that move like hard surfaces, and vice-versa.

Melt will be on display at Gallery R’Pure during New York Fashion Week on February 6 2014 for three weeks.