“One big misconception that I have to correct is that it doesn’t have anything to do with having a zero size waist,” designer Daniel Silverstein quipped during our conversation last Thursday.
He was talking with Juliette Donatelli of Spades + siLK about “Zero Waste” fashion, or the practice of designing with the goal of minimizing the amount of textiles that end up in landfills. We had a packed house for this event, organized by the Ethical Writers Coalition–all the seats were filled and more people were standing. We had a lot of designers and aspiring designers in the room, eager to figure out how to cut down on the trash bags filled with textile pieces that come out of typical garment design.
Silverstein walked us through the evolution of his design process from straight out of design school to now, revealed the challenges and perks of designing this way, and talked about his next projects. Then, he took everyone back into his studio and showed how it worked on a box-cut tee with his signature spine motif that he had me model for the room. After a question and answer period, attendees got to nibble on cupcakes from Little Cupcake Bake Shop, and shop Silverstein’s designs with Silverstein on hand to answer questions. Elizabeth Stilwell of The Note Passer took all these pictures, and Emma Grady of Past Fashion Future networked with attendees, who asked us for recommendations on other sustainable designers and labels.
Photo credits: Elizabeth Stilwell