A+D Gallery

Compression • 2007 • Approximate Size: 8' x 24" x 24" (H x W x D)

Materials: Folded second-hand clothing, wood and steel

800 lbs. of carefully folded, second hand clothing was crisscrossed around a central spine. 

Each article of clothing was categorized by relative value. The darkest clothing was placed at the bottom of the stack, while the lightest clothing was placed at the top.


No Pattern ‘Kali’ Jacket, 2010

Designer: Padmaja Krishnan

Materials: ‘kosa’-wild  silks from of central India

Photo credits: Koushik Sarkar 


Artisanal sandals jacket

Maison Martin Margiela SS06

ZERØ Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned

Curated by Arti Sandhu

Opening reception and curator's gallery talk: March 3rd, 5 - 8 pm
Timo Rissanen lecture: March 9th, 5:30 pm, 623 S. Wabash, Room 203

The essence of fashion is change – making it directly opposed to the principles of sustainability and sustainable design processes. This reliance on constant change, in tandem with its never-ending search for seasonal novelty, means that besides being an immensely dynamic cultural phenomenon, fashion is also extremely wasteful. ZERØ Waste attempts to find solutions for dealing with fashion’s waste, as well as challenge fashion systems through their conceptual framework. In doing so, the exhibition examines the intimate connection between fashion and waste and highlights sustainable design practices and fashion products that consider the use and reduction or elimination of waste (pre- and post-consumer) as part of the design process and production of garments.

Contributing designers and artists include A Magazine, Nick Cave, Padmaja Krishnan, Maison Martin Margiela, Holly McQuillan, Derick Melander, Refinity + Berber Soepboer, and Timo Rissanen. 

See the installation process of Derick Melander's Drift

Special thank to USAgain for their support of this exhibition, www.usagain.com.

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