Five euros is all you need to download the pattern; put in an additional ten and your local Makerspace or Fablab will have it lasercut within minutes. All that is left to do then, is to slowly and delicately piece the garment together. Accessible and sustainable, please welcome a new phase in fashion history.
The idea was born about a year ago: “I wanted to design garments that could be produced anywhere, by anyone,” says Martijn Van Strien, Rotterdam-based designer and founder of The Post-Couture Collective. “I wanted to see how far I could go in eliminating the techniques that you normally use in creating garments.” The result is a clever and intricate weaving technique that allows for the garment to be assembled at home. No thread, no glue, no fuss.
After his first collection for Post-Couture, Martijn won a bursary as a part of Antwerpen Duurzame Stad (Sustainable City), which gave him the opportunity to expand his team. “I was looking for young designers who would understand the philosophy but had a completely different aesthetic than mine.” Enter Kjell de Meersman, Sofie Nieuwborg, Emmanuel Ryngaert, Sofie Gaudaen and Marie-Sophie Beinke, children of the Antwerp Academy and recent Post-Couture members. They will help develop Post-Couture by researching different fabrics, techniques and styles.
The new crew is excited to start working, especially since the project is so innovating and challenging. “When you work on something like this, it is always a challenge, because you step away from the norm. You have to rethink how clothes are made,” Kjell says.