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Sustainable Design


​Graduate student Jason Gagnon completed an independent study as a pre-thesis exploration of sustainable patternmaking and techniques. The main types of sustainable design used in this independent study were upcycling, zero waste, and subtraction cutting.

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Shirtwaste
This upcycled garment was inspired by Edwardian fashion, especially shirtwaist blouses. A futuristic vision was created using 65% purchased men's button down shirts. The remaining garment was created by using 35% purchased shirting fabric.
Magma
A draped velour knit garment was created through subtraction cutting and a standard bodice sloper. It features an exposed zipper at center back, black bias tape, and black piping on the shoulder line.

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Avant Gardenia
This zero waste garment was created by using 1/2 yard of neoprene knit with a width of 54". A diamond-shaped neckline, pleats at center front, and a square shape create a modern top for a fashion forward customer.
​Ember
A subtraction cutting garment that was created by attaching the draped skirt portion to a draped bodice. Silk crepe de chine was dyed with acid dyes using a knotted shibori technique.
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