A sustainability focused collaboration between Rokit Originals and LCF, designed to utilise the abundance of pre-worn textile in the creation of new garments was showcased in London last month. Second year BA Hons Fashion Design Technology Womenswear students were tasked to create a capsule collection re-using and re-working existing garments supplied by industry client, Rokit.

Students were excited by the sustainability challenge posed by Rokit, who were keen to explore new and interesting ways to repurpose second hand clothing and textile. Rokit, leading retailer for vintage clothing, is working to address issues on textile waste by providing suitable means for recycling and re-using previously worn garments in order to reduce the quantity of textile that otherwise ends in a landfill. The winning collections were showcased in the window displays in Rokit’s Covent Garden and Brick Lane stores during London Fashion Week SS19.

The Winners:

Zaha Hadid / 1990s Minimalism by Wei Deng, Charlene Namukasa, Cleo Luana Diogo Fernandes, Mari Mikitski at Covent Garden

A collection that reads both of its architectural inspiration Zaha Hadid and of its decade in the form of 1990s Japanese deconstruction. The garments are fully realised and redesigned yet still have a playful hint of what pre-existed.

Nina Simone / 1980s Power Dressing by Dan Ren, Selin Bailey, Arsya Giri, Francesca Nault for Brick Lane

1980s power dressing was given a contemporary twist in this highly structured collection. Denim, leather and canvas were utilised to create a modern take on tailoring. Many tropes of 80s fashion were played with and modernised.

Zaha Hadid / 1920s Liberation by Jacobo Angulo Martinez, Yue Lu, Brianna Saad, Monika Wiatrak, Zhen Yang for Brick Lane

Overtly feminine with a daring twist this collection evokes a femininity in flux in keeping with its 1920s inspiration. Garments were constructed predominantly from lingerie and undergarments in flesh tones. Frills and ruffles were used throughout often using lining fabrics which gave hems a Hadid-esque fluidity.

Runners up:

Simone de Beauvoir / 1960s Youth Quake by Zak Moore, Aimee O’Connor, Jingchun Huang

The 1960s revisited in the form of a new take on Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Mondrian dress. Patchworked fleece, jersey, wool and corduroy were used throughout the collection giving a cohesiveness difficult to achieve given the limited fabric available to use.

Take a look at all the designs below:

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