Waste-escape wizard

"Contemplating a piece of fabric as a future garment is almost a spiritual technique that removes unnecessary frustrations, sharps your concentration, and unleashes imagination. The fashion designer needs a real artistry for the creation of beautiful outfit from the bolt of fabric or accommodating leftovers with such aesthetic touch that does not diminish but enhances the final garment look.

In order to create Waste-escape  the designer needs to listen to silence and to envision ideas; she needs a spirit of explorer and a desire of experimenter" EWST fashionlab

FABRICSCAPE project is a recent development of initiative that is destined to explore waste-escape creative approaches.This project helps to generate cognizant practices in producing clothing and accessories. In like manner to the verb “Land-Scape" which means to make a piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, “Fabric-scape” means to make a flat piece of fabric three-dimensional by applying certain techniques that have been created by Elena Ryleeva. Once altered, the fabric piece would further be developed into a piece of clothing/bag/accessories.
“GEOSURFACES” is one of the modules of FABRICSCAPE project, it explores the application of math, geometry and sewing techniques to transform the fabric surface into 3-dimesional sculptural object with exciting potentiality to becoming a unique design.


Workshop in Tbilisi state Academy of Arts, July 10, 2021

Couture Draping workshop: Waste-escape session (Peru,Jan.2020)

"Goddess dress" project on the footsteps of Madeleine Vionnet "handkerchief dress"

Pioneering Fabricscape art course

"This course was designed by us (EWST fashionlab) as an intentional groundbreaking learning aiming to highlight the urgency to think creatively and, most importantly, to actualize Waste-escape Design as a foundation for the advanced clothing. All steps of conventional Fashion Design training were purposefully condensed and intensified in order to focus all students’ capacities on accomplishing and styling one Waste-escape outfit. It is noteworthy to mention that some of our students had no sewing skills at all so they learned how to use sewing machine and sew during the course."

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Waste-escape draping workshop in EWST fashionlab studio, 2019

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"Now, when our first Waste-escape Fashion Draping workshop in Vietnam is over, we can clearly see the encouraging results of 5 days intensive work. First of all, we would like to say thanks to all our participants who have bravely attended our experimental class. 

We hope that our modest workshop was very much expected and needed event in Vietnam.

Needless to say, all our students were enjoying the process of creating unique designs directly on the dress form. Using dress form as a body prototype to sculpture it over by fabric is a specific method of Waste-escaping designing emphasized and developed.

Each day of workshop was dedicated to a particular approach. The students have explored Le Puff techniques, Gravity concept, "Goddess dress", and Square Wear that was invented and developed by Elena." See more

Inspired by Russian constructivism, Elena's waste-escape designed jumpsuit was a part of "Zero-Waste designers" display at the AVANTEX-PARIS 1st International Trade Show in Paris dedicated to the innovation in Textile and Fashion.

"My apprehension of Waste-escape (coined by EWST fashionlab) is deeply connected to my tailoring practice where I have been following a care for fabric and smart way of pattern cutting. Through exercising practice-led research I often create my Waste-escape design directly on a dress-form. I believe this method effectively facilitates holistic collaboration between fabric, designer, and her idea.

While living and teaching Fashion Design in Asia I clearly see fashion industry alarming conditions and hence the necessity of implementing new design practices in Asia and worldwide. Since 2016 I am running own fashion design courses with emphasis on couture and Waste-escape design" Elena Ryleeva - EWST fashionlab founder, 2019