A Designer Contribution to the Use of CNC Machines Within the Supply Chain in Order to Extend Clothing Life Span
The garment industry—the second most polluting industry worldwide—called for a global transition to a circular economy at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (2017). This led us to study how modularity could contribute to reconcile extended clothes life span with the pleasure of fashion renewal. While the history of garments has been familiar with removable and reversible systems, contemporary clothing seems to resist the reusable spare parts concept developed in sustainable object designs. Consequently, sewn garments, preponderant since the Paleolithic, needed to be questioned. Transposing to clothing G. Simondon’s open object philosophy through practice-based prospective, we propose, in response to the fabless system of fast fashion, a local and on-demand production—inspired by fablabs—of seamless modular clothing, thus opening up new avenues to digital pattern trade in light of computer numerical control (CNC) technologies. Such a systemic approach led us to rethink the roles of both the user and the fashion designer.
KeywordsFablab CNC machines Local on demand production Customization Modular clothing Open Object Reusable spare parts User involvement Garment extended life span
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