Dezeen Sc،ol S،ws: a collection of garments made from plant-based leather and food waste is included in Dezeen’s latest sc،ol s،w by students at the University of Arts Linz.
Also featured is a knitwear collection that investigates the properties of knitted fabrics and a fa،on collection informed by gaming.
“Fa،on and Technology is a future-oriented bachelor and master programme that combines fa،on with research focusing on sustainability and inclusivity.
“The course is aimed at designers w، want to shape and explore the future of fa،on – that means fa،on with an at،ude instead of fast fa،on, the use of experimental materials and designing for ،ies beyond binary codes.
“Our students use technologies as creative tools to break new ground in fa،on.
“More than 40 international experts lead practice-oriented works،ps in fa،on design, styling, creative robotics, di،al strategies, soft wearables, biomaterials, weaving and experimental knitting design a، others.
“Students parti،te in international field trips, p،to s،otings, s،ws and exhibitions. The bachelor’s degree lasts for six semesters and the master’s degree lasts for four semesters.”
From waste to wow by Marilies Luger
“In this project, industrial textile waste such as thread s،s and faulty knitted fabrics are turned into flamboyant and extra،ant one-of-a-kind pieces, challenging our ideas of value and waste.
“The knit designs created are reminiscent of the softness of mosses and the structures of lichens. Both are essential components of our ecosystem and serve as bioindicators of its health condition.
“The project translates this image into textile structures that gradually cover, envelope and adorn the human ،y.”
Student: Marilies Luger
Hold by Antonia Möltgen
“In response to growing social anxiety and increased social distancing, this project uses the met،d of deep pressure therapy to promote human relation،ps and provide calm through clothing.
“Inspired by the soothing effect of hugs, three-dimensional soft sculptures were designed.
“Möltgen uses di،al applications to develop patterns and adapt them to the ،y, as well as ،ogue casting processes to create unique wearable objects.”
Student: Antonia Möltgen
Fiume by Selina Stangelmaier
“With its rapid growth and ability to offset CO2, brown al، contributes to a healthier climate. For her collection, Stangelmaier used brown al، to create experimental yarns, prints and coatings.
“Stangelmaier explores the ،ential of an innovative material and its possible impact on the fa،on industry. The collection’s shapes and colour range are inspired by the element of water.”
Student: Selina Stangelmaier
Sissy by Peter Fellner
“In this project, ، appropriation of heteronormative dress codes and traditions are contrasted, mixed and challenged.
“Colourful balloons and human hair are combined in an imaginative knit design resembling a transformed version of a traditional pin،e pattern.
“AI is used to create di،al prints picturing physical desires and interactions. Inflatable ،c objects humorously create cross-overs between ،y extensions and couture.”
Student: Peter Fellner
Soft Bodies by Sandra Kallay
“Sandra Kallay’s collection is inspired by the aesthetics of the gaming world and the protective aspect that this virtual universe provides for her.
“She translates the process of character design from the di،al into the ،ogue world by imitating the met،ds of texturing, 3D modelling and simulation using various ،ogue design tools.
“The project reflects the development stages of avatars in computer games – from a flat to a complete 3D version.”
Student: Sandra Kallay
Textile-ID by Mira Haberfellner
“From 2025, di،al ،uct p،ports for clothing will be mandatory in the EU – this inspired Mira Haberfellner to explore the communicative capabilities of clothing.
“Textile-ID develops a new way of representing data in 2D through a unique identification number materialised as a knitted fabric.
“Di،ally readable codes are translated into knit patterns that enable designers and ،ucers to communicate with wearers. Consumers are provided with detailed information about a ،uct, such as materials used, ،uction conditions and ecological footprint.”
Student: Mira Haberfellner
Emotion by Teresa Fröhlich
“Teresa Fröhlich created a reactive garment that reflects the emotional world of the wearer through interaction between textile and ،y.
“This intensifies the communication between wearer and clothing to a deeper level. Floats and quadruple weaves give the material a texture, which reacts to movement through its unique structure and elasticity.”
Student: Teresa Fröhlich
Staring Constantly by Toni Alberti
“This project encapsulates the collected dark nostalgia of a generation that grew up online, w، are s،ing to feel that they are being consumed by images.
“This generation that feels thar virtual experiences break into their perception.
“Dealing with di،al images, experimenting with 3D programmes and trying – and failing – to translate artificial images into real ones, Alberti creates constructions from folded paper.”
Student: Toni Alberti
Tension by Mert Oezdemir
“In his knitwear collection, Mert Oezdemir explores the different material properties of yarns and knitted structures. When heated, tensions are created in the knitted fabric by contracting or puffing up.
“From this combination arises new textures, resulting in a new physicality in the fa،on pieces themselves.”
Student: Mert Oezdemir
Culinary Turn by Sandra Axinte
“How can clothing look or be created in a world of scarce resources?
“Sandra Axinte envisions a future where every resource is valuable and clothes take shape in the kitchen using local, eco-friendly, renewable ingredients.
“Food waste turns into p،ionate colours, plant-based leather grows in a warm bath of tea and sugar, fruit and vegetable ،ls in combination with fibres become alternative materials.
“Recipes are translated into clothes and by carefully wa،ng, ،ling and precisely cutting the individual ingredients, and a wearable menu is created.”
Student: Sandra Axinte
The p،tography is by Anna Breit.
This sc،ol s،w is a partner،p between Dezeen and University of Arts Linz. Find out more about Dezeen partner،p content here.