The main goal of my Bachelor’s thesis was to create Leftover, a sustainable collection based on bioplastics.
During quarantine, life all over the world was limited to the dimension of our homes due to Covid19. At the start of the pandemic there was an omnipresent and palpable fear of possible shortages of goods, some of which aren’t really necessary for everyday existence. Being in strict isolation and confinement to my home, I wanted to intensify the absurdity of this irrational fear and capture it by creating a collection only from materials and with tools that we can find at home. I wanted to make it as sustainable as possible by using scraps of food and creating biodegradable materials.
The theoretical part of my thesis begins with a presentation of the problem of plastic and its influence on the environment, society as well as the fashion and textile industries. I also introduce fundamental aspect of sustainable designing with examples of sustainable fashion and new materials. Furthermore, I thoroughly describe the concept of bioplastics; their types, potentials, drawbacks, and areas of their usage in fashion and design. In the last chapter, I present the issue of food waste and its role in the development of alternative sustainable materials.
The practical part of my thesis includes designing and creating a sustainable collection from bioplastics and food scraps, consisting of nine silhouettes out of which I have fully realised two. Firstly, I present the development of the idea for the collection and its concept. This is followed by research and development of materials from gelatine, agar, scraps of food and other elements. Thereafter I present the colour palette, patterns, development of the collection, fashion sketches and collages as well as the creation of the two models. At the end of the practical part, the collection is presented with photographs.