The focus on sustainable clothing has been something brands have been trying to accomplish with varying success. Taipei Fashion Week AW21 earlier this month held a one-day show that highlight six brands that focused purly on sustainability.
The showcase highlighted Taiwan’s continued passion to innovate eco-friendly and sustainable textile and fabric development such as water and energy-saving solution dye techniques, and fabrics and textiles created from post-consumer PET bottles, recycled scrap tires, fish scales, and oyster shells.
Six brands with existing sustainable practices have utilised these textiles and fabrics to create new concepts and raise awareness, demonstrating how the link between the local textile industry and fashion designers can write a new chapter in made-in-Taiwan style. Participating brands include: #DAMUR, Claudia Wang, DYCTEAM, JUST IN XX, oqLiq and WEAVISM.
For AW21, #DAMUR utilised Taiwan’s latest metallic membrane and lamination technology to combine bold design with a realistic context of epidemic prevention. Claudia Wang continued utilising 3D virtual technology to minimize waste and present a pattern play of eco-friendly designs made from fish scale yarn, biodegradable light fabrics, and recycled nylon. The DYCTEAM collection featured recycled materials, eco-friendly processed natural cotton, reusable three-layered nylon, down alternatives, and biodegradable insulation layers reinvented in the brand’s image.
JUST IN XX utilised recycled fabrics transformed from plastic bottles, industrial wastes, and non-toxic remade fabrics to showcase Taiwanese craftsmanship through crocheting and laser-cutting fabric scraps for his Taiwan Olympic uniform. oqLiq has previously explored new fabric technologies and design applications, including leather made by dam sediment and multifunctional materials made from oyster shell powder mixed with plastic pellets created from recycled PET bottles. WEAVISM had woven functional fabrics out of unconventional natural materials such as beeswax and banana leaves, where clothes can merge with the earth after being buried in the soil.
As global awareness surrounding the impact of environmental change increases, we hope that the fashion industry further examines its relationship with the environment, production, and social responsibilities. Taipei Sustainable Collections is the latest in a string of sustainability initiatives seen at Copenhagen, London, and Milan fashion weeks, proving how sustainability has continued to evolve from industry trend to necessary practice.