Sarah Gill - BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology

Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, my project challenges mass manufacturing by creating one-of-a-kind garments that celebrate craftsmanship and nature. I’ve chosen bold, contrasting silhouettes and experimented with fabric manipulation and appliqué to create impactful designs. Sustainability is at the core of my collection; I’ve taken deliberate actions to reduce textile waste. My process involves toiling in half scale, using only second-hand fabrics, and employing zero-waste pattern techniques. This approach ensures that every piece of fabric is utilized efficiently.

I strongly advocate for genderless clothing, designing pieces that are adjustable through ties and cords to provide customizable comfort and fit for any wearer. This inclusivity ensures that my garments are versatile and accessible to a diverse audience. Additionally, I avoid using hardware like zippers to enhance the recyclability of each piece.

Within my work I have tried encouraging consumers to mend rather than discard their clothing. By crafting beautiful, detailed garments, I aim to shift consumer mindsets towards valuing quality and thoughtful purchasing. Ultimately, my goal is to inspire a more sustainable approach to fashion, reducing waste and fostering a deeper appreciation for well-made, timeless clothing.