Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Textile waste is a significant obstacle to sustainability in the fashion industry, and AMASSMENT confronts the problem squarely by using discarded, pre-determined forms (deadstock) and upcycling them into objects of design. The collection explores innovative ways of making sustainable fashion. Menswear archetypes — shirts, suits, polo shirts and jeans — are transformed into desirable, high-end, womenswear garments. Castro’s techniques turn the ordinary and utilitarian into the unique. AMASSMENT draws on the design principle that one single everyday object is banal, whereas an accumulation of them, in specific and voluminous configurations, reaches a critical mass which is aesthetically compelling.