My collection ‘UNPICKING COTTON’ explores the complexity of the fashion industry, the history of the cotton industry and our view on the current clothing industry. During my research into the history of fashion I started to wonder; has our colonial past had an influence on the current fashion industry? And how do we view this industry today?
While designing my collection I decided that I should be able to create a sustainable collection. Soon, I discovered that it was impossible to get my clothing as fairtrade, ecological and slave free as I wanted. After realizing that I, in this point and time, wasn’t able to do so, I decided to make a protest piece of my collection to get the message out and emphasize the complexity of this industry. If I cannot make a fully ethical collection, can anyone?
Designer: Nienke Creemers | Instagram @nienke_creemers | photo: Team Peter Stigter