Combating Fast Fashion With Modular Design

  • June 12th, 2015

Modular clothing, who would have thought? But that’s exactly what designer Rhiannon Hunt is proposing in her designs to stem the epidemic of “fast fashion”.

Hunt suggests modular design as a way to improve people’s emotional attachment to their garments. Inspired by the built environment, her clothing designs highlight different methods of clothing construction – such as box pleats, panels, waistbands, and hemlines – all joined with detachable fastenings.

Winner of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan’s inaugural ‘Extending the Life of Clothes’ award, the designs “enables the wearers to easily adjust the size, fit, style and/or length of each garment themselves. It is hoped that this added interaction, personalization, and creativity will help to strengthen the bond between wearer and garment.”

Hunt also recommends a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach to both the fabrics and notions. “Pairing organic fibres with three-dimensionally printed, biodegradable fastenings, for instance, allows a garment to be composted at the end of its functional life.”

This modular methodology is what Modscape uses to inform our prefabricated homes. It’s great to see sustainable modular design spread outside the construction industry.