How do we extend the lifecycle of our clothing? How can we repair and reuse? And what does sustainable couture look like? In the interactive exhibition ‘Long Live Fashion!’ you can discover how pre-loved textiles are transformed into new fashion and get hands-on with repairing and upcycling clothes. Celebrate and experience sustainable fashion, with work by Ronald van der Kemp, Duran Lantink, Matty Bovan and Christien Meindertsma, among others.
We have heard about the problems of fast fashion before, but how do we contribute to a circular textile chain? In collaboration with designers Christien Meindertsma and Harm Rensink and textile recycling company Wolkat, the TextielMuseum presents an interactive exhibition that positively inspires to use our clothing more sustainably. Discover the large amount of raw materials that are used for our clothes in a space-filling installation, actively (learn to) repair clothing in Fixing Fashion, and have a custom fashion item made with recycled textiles in an actual Microfactory. Of course, renowned fashion designers and emerging fashion talents also inspire us with innovative and eye-catching couture made from recycled textiles.
Hundreds of garments
The exhibition opens with an installation by Christien Meindertsma. The renowned product designer, known for her curiosity about the origin of products and her meticulous research into processes, analyses hundreds of discarded garments for the exhibition together with a group of volunteers. Each of the garments has been photographed and examined in terms of composition. Using hundreds of unique information cards on the wall, Meindertsma visually provides insight into how many raw materials are used in our clothing. For her research, the designer delved into the collecting and processing operations of Wolkat, the Tilburg textile recycling company that supplies the discarded textiles for the exhibition.