2023 Finalist: IZZY LEVIEN
The design channels the garment's first lives and interprets and combines them as inspiration for the final design.
Golden Bay is the inspiration for this design. The concept of spiritual consumption as a response to economic challenges aligns with the project, which ties into the idea of reincarnation of repurposed second-hand materials.
“Fill a bag for $1” waste fabrics that were due to be landfilled were sourced from Trash Place in Takaka, along with old household linens and waste from university projects.
The outfit is designed for the Golden Bay area; festivals, summery days, music performances. The shape of the skirt panels were determined by the jacket offcuts, with additional seams being used where needed to minimise waste in the design and construction stage.
The hand embroidery process is a slow fashion methodology that encourages appreciation of the craft and doesn’t rely on electricity. To ensure durability the garment features doubled linings which also enhance comfort and shape retention - important for festival use!
The design channels the garment's first lives and interprets and combines them as inspiration for the final design. The embroidery links the different ‘old’ pieces together to make them one ‘new’ piece. Each panel reflects a different aspect of Takaka. Its sunny, hippy vibe, the ocean and how it sparkles with the golden sand and dunes, and the marine life the designer has collected over the years.