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TENSEGRITY is the AW18 collection Aurelie crafted for her final BA(Hons) project in an effort to tackle a variety of environmental issues linked to the fashion industry. The collection uses biological and chemistry principles applied to textile and construction in a wide range of strategies, enhancing the concept of technocraft.

Blending a range of design strategies, it includes design-for-disassembly with retrieved faulty re-usable cable ties donated by the company Rapstrap Ltd, which were used to replace the seaming methods, allowing the garments to be speculatively disassembled and upcyled themselves. 

Design for slower consumption was expressed through the use of copper coated garments that would oxidise and change colour over time as the user interacts with them.

A zero-waste approach was taken regarding laser cutting and texture making, supporting the scientific inspiration of the collection with a custom DNA pattern.

Eventually, one dress of the collection was grown from Kombucha, making it the first bio-fabricated dress presented at Graduate Fashion Week on a catwalk. 

The collection was awarded 6 nominations including 3 awards at GFW18 in London.

SPONSORS 

Rapstrap Ltd 

Ascus Art and Science Lab

The British Fashion Council