Ecopolis

Sustainable Fashion and Textile Design Strategies for Urban Living in Future Cities (Master's Thesis, 2016)

Over the last 50 years the prosperity of industrialized countries has developed on the basis of rapid technological advances. This development has been linked to the consumption of energy and resources, which cannot represent a viable future model for almost nine billion people on Earth. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, our type of land use and scarce resources make it clear that the load limits of the planet are often reached or already exceeded.

A societal change towards sustainable forms of life and economy needs drafts, creative ideas and concrete ideas about how sustainable development can be implemented. Designers can make an important contribution by integrating environmental, economic and social aspects in their design, so that sustainable production and consumption strategies are pursued. Especially in the fi eld of fashion design sustainable design is required because in our consumerist society clothing has become a cheap commodity that as result is produced more and more often to be thrown away.

Based on the requirements of the future urban environment and sociocultural developments on design and fashion, a sustainable design strategy is to be developed with the help of sustainable design strategies, which promote a sustainable lifestyle and a more conscious consumption of fashion.

The social guiding principle of sustainability is an integral part of the design concept and is reflected both in the collection structure and the design language as well as in the choice of materials and processing of the sample collection. In addition, the collection, which is modeled after a Capsule Wardrobe, is tailored to the needs and requirements of an urban and multimobile target group.

Photography: Tim Ilskens / Hair & MuA: Nelli Olfert / Model: Marisa Beckmann