I chose to frame my research around draping (specifically Grecian draping and the pleated work of Madame Grès) and the development and application of a food-based biomaterial. The biomaterial has a range of potential uses in the design and construction of future facing fashion.
My research so far includes the following applications;
- Using the material as a type of featherweight glue to replace traditional sewing techniques
- Application of the biomaterial to mould fabric to any body
- Freezing in place Grecian style pleated drapes as functional and decorative elements
- Applying non- toxic colour to fabric
The ingredients for the biomaterial can be easily sourced, leading to an inventive “mixing” approach with improvised ingredients for different outcomes. The process involved controlling the temperature, moisture content, agitation, and drying time. The nature of the biomaterial is that it can be reheated and reused but at the end of life, the garment can be safely composted.