Zero-Waste Fashion Design Masterclasses


Zero-Waste clothing refers to garment manufacturing techniques that generate no textile waste without compromising the aesthetic value of clothing.

Zero-Waste type of designing is a balance between the desire to come up with original design and scrupulous deliberation of all consequences that production of new item will trigger. It is a holistic process whereby the pattern-making and fashion design are integrated instead of being separated.

Such practice enables fabric piece to be used completely without any scrap left over.This challenging approach that has certain limitations urges the designer to experiment and push the boundaries; thus it brings about the unexpected and reverting design solutions.

Zero-Waste minimizes  the impact on the environment, thus maximizes the benefits to people and communities

Zero-Waste Fashion Design session outcome: Goddess Dress project, September 2018

Zero-Waste Fashion Design : Unconventional Pattern approaches


Zero-Waste Fashion Design is a pioneering innovative course that was developed by Elena Ryleeva. This course reflects EWST fashionlab commitment to Sustainable Fashion, which is undoubtedly a future of fashion.

Program (from one to five days):

During workshop the participants explore Zero-Waste design of various garments including dresses, skirts, tops and produce garment prototypes. The course have introduction into zero-waste design and the reviews of approaches with historical references.

The instructor demonstrates Zero-Waste designing through manipulating fabric directly on the dress-form and introduce the so-called practice-led research, so that workshop’ participants can practice own drapes and explore Zero-Waste ideas.  The course curriculum combines different approaches to the Zero-Waste pattern-making including Elena's “square wear”.  The participants investigate one type of garment and by the end of workshop will be able to complete at least one prototype.

At the end of the course a certificate of completing Zero-Waste Fashion Design masterclass is awarded.


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