Ways of Altering is a collection created by Design School Kolding students and designers Estelle le Bozec, Katalin Horvath, Kelly de Gier, and Marshal Zawar. The motivation behind the collection was to create garments, that could be easily disassembled and reassembled in a swift and efficient manner, in order to close the circle of endless consummation.
The garments in the collection consist of individual pieces, brought together by the use of cords, moving the individual away from the forced mindset of clothing construction. By straying from the idea of sewing, the group has managed to create a collection traverses beyond the concept of dimensions, turning 2D pieces into a 3D object.
The designers have chosen to focus on the continuous cycle of wasting materials seen in modern consumer culture. Instead of moving to a cradle-to-cradle system which recycles single pieces and only delays the discard of materials, the group aims for a future where unlimited materials have unlimited life cycles. In this system, materials can move in a continuous loop without losing value or compromising the quality, greatly reducing the stress and pollution put on the environment.
Ways of Altering is specifically targeting the environmentally aware consumer. Known as the LOHAS, this group consists of the creative and well informed: those who seek to be part of something bigger than the product. The team seeks to create a lasting bond between consumer and designer by displaying a high amount of transparency. The designers aim to create dialogue to increase commitment towards the label, and thus by enhancing their long-term sustainable responsibilities, they can create a better world for the industry to satisfy the needs of the LOHAS.
Following the words of Constantin Brancusi “Simplicity is complexity resolved” the designers have managed to challenge the traditions associated with textile manufacturing. The clothing itself embodies the concept of innovation, providing alternatives to current production methods. They display through the collection a high level of social responsibility, by focusing on the simplicity of the design, quality of materials, usability and recyclability: the very essence of the slow fashion movement.