Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan

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DEC 17, 2015

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What's in the book

The Book

Zero Waste Fashion Design combines research and practice to introduce a crucial sustainable fashion design approach.

Written by two industry leading pioneers, Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan, the book offers flexible strategies and easy-to-master zero waste techniques to help you develop your own cutting edge fashion designs.

Sample flat patterns and more than 20 exercises will reinforce your understanding of the zero waste fashion design process. Beautifully illustrated interviews with high-profile, innovative designers, including Winifred Aldrich, Rickard Lindqvist and Yeohlee Teng, show the stunning garments produced by zero waste fashion design.

Featured topics include:
The criteria for zero waste fashion design
Manufacturing zero waste garments
Adapting existing designs for zero waste
Zero waste designing with digital technologies

Table of Contents

Table of content

1. Zero waste fashion design from history to now
Textile waste
Zero waste over time
Modern zero waste fashion design
Interview with Maja Stabel, fashion designer (Norway)
Short cuts

2. Pattern cutting as a fashion design tool
Fashion design and pattern cutting
Creative pattern cutting
Interview with Winifred Aldrich, fashion author (UK)
Interview with Rickard Lindqvist, fashion designer (Sweden)
Creative pattern cutters from around the world
Patterns in design ideation
Short cuts

3. Zero waste fashion design: the basics
Criteria for zero waste fashion design
The design ideation toolbox
Zero waste blocks
Trapeze sleeveless tunic by Holly McQuillan, fashion designer and lecturer (New Zealand)
Endurance skirt by Timo Rissanen, Finland-born, Australia based fashion designer and lecturer (Australia)
Tailored jacket by Holly McQuillan
Pattern set ups by Holly McQuillan
Adapting an existing design for zero waste
Risky design practice
Designing with the fabric width
Short cuts

4. Zero waste fashion design and CAD
Marker making as design activity
Advantages of digital design for zero waste fashion
Zero waste tutorials through CAD
Grading and CAD
Combining digital technologies
Zero waste and digital textile design
Interview with Julia Lumsden, fashion designer (New Zealand)
Short cuts

5. Manufacturing zero-­-waste garments
Fashion design and fashion manufacturing
Interview with Lela Jacobs, fashion designer (New Zealand)
Sizing zero waste garments
Fabric in manufacturing zero waste garments
Tara St James of Study NY
Short cuts

6 Zero waste fashion design: getting started
On inspiration
Interview with Kia Koski, fashion design scholar (Finland)
Documenting and reflecting on design
On sharing
Conversation with Yeohlee Teng, Malaysian-born, New York-based fashion designer (US)
Futures for zero waste fashion design
Short cuts


About The Authors

Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons School of Design, The New School, in New York. Research on sustainability in fashion is inseparable from his design practice. Timo’s PhD focused on zero waste fashion design.
Holly McQuillan is Senior Lecturer in Design at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research centres in the field of zero waste fashion design practice-led research. Her research articulates zero waste fashion design through exhibition and writing, and focuses on broad issues of sustainability and their links with risky design practice.

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