Fabienne Gassman

MA Fashion

Desert Landings : An itinerant approach to making

Desert Landings uses a pink parachute as the starting point to investigate material-led design, slowness and transparency in fashion production. By not forcing the material to be something specific but experimenting with the material’s inherent qualities new uses become apparent. For example the parachute cord is reappropriated as embroidery thread and the pink dye leaking out during washing is used to recolour and intensify the faded pink fabric. As part of the project the parachute is steadily dissected and reassembled into a diaristic sequence of items. These incorporate relationships to the body and reflections on acts of consumption

This ongoing process informs a design and making methodology, which seeks to reintroduce a more integrated and thoughtful approach to the fashion system.