Why is waste dismissed so fast when there is so much potential in it? Waste is becoming a global and environmental problem, and the fastest growing source of waste is electronic waste, reaching 50 million tons worldwide in 2020. Titled Romanian Camouflage, the graduate collection of Alexandra Sipa, BFC and Swarovski Foundation Scholar, who gained design experience at Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta and ASAI. Driven by the contrast between heightened austerity and extreme femininity in Romania. Motivated to create innovative luxury textiles from waste, simultaneously engaging with both cultural and physical waste. Hybridised traditional Romanian lace making with common Western techniques. Lace dress, ruffle coat and vest made of discarded electrical wires sourced from London recycling center Great Eastern Waste. Blouse made from discarded fabrics from factories in Bacău, Romania. Tailored Romanian charity shop beach towels coat with lace inserts, embroidery, and oversized faux fur-trimmed jersey collar.

Jessica Worth, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism