Hannah Beckett | Textile Design MS 2020

May 15, 2020

Au Natural is a knitwear collection inspired by the pastoral feeling of the Westward Expansion of America in the early 1800s. This inspiration was used as a metaphor to portray the importance of sustainability within textiles. Westward Expansion is often viewed through the romantic lens of landscape and promotional art of the time period to create an idealized version of what America looked like and felt like before the Industrial Revolution took over. The collection incorporates early 1800s garment inspiration alongside the contrasting topics of a vast natural America and the purpose of this vision. This purpose was seeking the urbanization and expansion of the country, through the use of the Manifest Density doctrine. Au Natural’s garment collection is driven by sustainable textile practices. The collection creates pastoral and romantic feeling garments for the modern woman of today. The importance of the clothing is to achieve an au natural feeling; meaning to be in one’s natural state. The clothing incorporates natural inspiration, color and fibers throughout the collection to create fashion forward, versatile basics for any woman’s closet. The production of the garments is created with a sustainable life cycle always in mind. The collection is targeted toward women who seek quality, longevity and classical style in their fashions while striving to make better decisions for the future of the planet. The Au Natural Knitwear Collection will push knitwear sustainability through fiber choice, construction and design. The garments are created to be adaptable so they become staples in any woman’s closet. The wearer will be a modern day Anne of Green Gables fighting for the future of her planets through her fashion choices.


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