The main aim of my diploma thesis was to create a sustainable fashion collection entitled E2DDF3, the starting point of which was the circus aesthetic, the issue of microplastics pollution and the zero waste technique of pattern-making. I wanted to present the collection in video form and with the help of virtual space.
The circus is full of interesting characters that need specific clothing for their performances. They all have different wishes and needs when it comes to clothing selection, and the same is true for people going about their day-to-day lives. I wanted to provide a wider, more diverse selection of garments for circus performers.
The theoretical part of the thesis presents the issue of microplastics found in oceans and discusses what consequences such pollution has on the environment. It also describes the origins of the circus, its development and important people in its history. I also present the main circus archetypes, focusing on their appearance and their clothing needs. Wanting to add the aspect of sustainability to my project, I analyse the zero waste lifestyle and its practical application, and include a detailed description of the zero waste technique of pattern-making.
The practical part of my work includes the process of designing and then producing my undergraduate fashion collection E2DDF3. The collection includes thirteen silhouettes, three of which have been realised. This part of the thesis includes: concept development, reflection on the atmosphere of the collection, silhouette and pattern development, choice of materials, fashion sketches of the whole collection and technical sketches of chosen silhouettes. In the concluding part, I shortly describe how I developed the concept for the presentation of my collection, and how it was carried out.
The final product is the sustainable fashion collection E2DDF3, presented in video form and set in virtual space.