ALTERNATIVES TO FUR & EXOTICS
Animal products including fur, feathers and exotic skins are problematic materials yet they remain popular as decorative embellishments in contemporary fashion. Alternatives to Fur & Exotics explores how novel textile embellishments can be created based on the historical and contemporary attraction of fur and exotic animal materials, forming future embellishment which can be created using new and sustainable non-animal materials
As part of this project, fashion industry associated with the decorative use of fur and exotic animal materials, as well as historic artefacts in the Victoria & Albert Museum, fed into the development of the design brief. A range of alternative forms of embellishment were explored, including experiments with materials varying from glass yarn, to wild rubber and sustainable sequins, in combination with the creation of novel material manipulation techniques.
Fashioned from Nature, Design Society, Shenzhen, China, 2020