Designing Garments that Evolve over time

  • Riisberg, Vibeke (Projektdeltager)
  • Grose, Lynda (Projektdeltager)
  • Rissanen, Timo (Projektdeltager)



Due to global challenges such as growing population, decline in resources and environmental impact it is generally agreed that the current fashion and textile industry need to change. The goal of this research project is to study, develop and explore new strategies for designing and consuming fashion and textiles based on values related to limited resources instead of unlimited growth.

The project investigates design for disassembly and new ways of garment construction that allows for an iterative decoration process changing the look of a garment over time. Through practice-based experiments we develop prototypes that propose new ways to meet human needs for aesthetic change inspired by repair and use strategies from the past. To put the project into context we map and analyses existing business models and based on our findings we propose new theory through papers and articles.
The outcome is relevant for designers and industry as well as academics. The aim is to contribute with new knowledge about design challenges related to garment construction and aesthetic expressions based on systems thinking, closed loops and circular economy.
The project has received funding from Parsons, The New School 2017-18, Design School Kolding 2017, The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education – International Network Programme 2018-19.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/02/201601/06/2019


  • The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education – International Network : kr 286.629,00