Close-up on eco-conscious student collections
From Paris to Tokyo, as far as Tunis, Jakarta, Oslo and any other school in the our network, each year more and more ESMOD students demonstrate their responsible approach to clothing by being aware of their ecological and social impact. Thus, via their final collections, they try to find solutions, working towards a cleaner and more ethical fashion production process. They use natural fabrics (linen, hemp, Tencel™ cork...) or organic materials, create materials from natural elements (vegetable leather, fiber weaving...) or recycled elements (plastic, metal, glass…), they use vegetable or mineral dyes, implement upcycling or zero waste practices, strive for inclusive clothing, and so many other ingenious ideas.
Here’s a small overview of the eco-ethical collections from ESMOD students around the world:
In ESMOD Paris, the class of 2020, during their jury presentation, several students presented eco-responsible collections. We asked them to explain their concept and how this ecological awareness seemed to them to be essential in order to build the fashion of tomorrow.
The current senior class, the class of 2021, are already showing promise as they create collections that are centralized around an eco-responsible methodology. On this occasion of ESMOD Earth Week, Francis Victoria SCHAUER, a third year student specializing in knitwear, and Louise CLEACH, a third year student specializing in womenswear, agreed to give a preview of their respective collections as they continue to develop. Each of them have made it a point of pride to incorporate bio-sourced and recycled materials in these collections.
Francis Victoria SCHAUER / Collection Zwischenmenschlich
Louise CLEACH / Collection Many Moods (Made in Louise)
Beyond simply being aware, it is now paramount for young designers to express their creativity without harming the environment or contributing to the thoughtless pollution of the planet. Since the fashion industry will continue on in order to dress the future generations, we must do what we can so that we can build a clean and sustainable industry going forward. Despite the efforts of the oil industry, among others, who contribute in large part to harming the environment for the benefit of an economy that is blind to the eco-ethical repercussions, the fashion industry must make adjustments in order to regain the honor and glory from which it once benefited.