We just learned that one of the biggest clothing chains in Sweden is launching a remake collection, this while writing about design student Patricio Alarcón’s upcycled design project. Is it a coincidence, or do we spot a trend?

Ok, let’s hope it’s more then just a trend, or a very long lasting one at least (like, forever). As you may know, we’re already fans of remake brand Adornment, and defiantly thrilled to hear about Kappahl’s new remake collection; ’cause if there’s one thing we know will make a more sustainable fashion future, it’s if we started using what’s already here. After all, 70% of a garment’s environmental impact comes from the production phase alone.

When given the task to interpret the concept of “sustainability”, design student Patricio Alarcón at STA (The Academy of Cutting and Tailoring in Stockholm) decided upcycling was the most eco-friendly option. Wanting to prove that old fabrics can be transformed into contemporary yet timeless designs, he sourced his materials in second hand stores and dead stock warehouses. Using old army coats he made an A-lined maxi skirt, and an old pin stripe fabric that was previously used for making dentist coats became a flowy shirt.

The two garments were captured in a photo series shot by photographer Rikard Lilja. We think it’s a great reminder that even the most unattractive and undesirable piece of fabric has the potential of becoming something new and beautiful.

Fashion Patricio Alarcón
Rikard Lilja
Hair & make up Nathalie Berzelius
Model Linnea Österberg/Stockholmsgruppen

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