Eco Clothes That Shed A Layer To Clean Themselves

Eco Clothes That Shed A Layer To Clean Themselves
Arts & Culture

Katie Ledger conceptualizes garments with layers that molt without the need for laundering.

Emma Hutchings
  • 24 january 2012

London College of Art student Katie Ledger has conceptualized ‘Shed Me Clothes‘, a creative approach to reducing water and energy usage with the benefit of adding variety to your wardrobe. The layers of these sustainable garments molt, similar to how a snake sheds its skin, avoiding the need for frequent laundering and providing a different color or style underneath.

The clothes comprise several natural fibre fabric layers, knitted together with PVA yarn, which is non-toxic, odourless, flexible and water soluble. Spraying the top layer with water causes the liquid to permeate through to the yarn, which then dissolves and enables the layer to peel away. This dirty layer can then be disposed of via composting.

Clothes That Shed Don't Need To Be Washed

There are three possible collections identified by Ledger. A range that changes color with every shed, garments that shed to reveal a different style and fashion-led repeat layers that have a limited shelf life. Ledger has created prototypes of the ‘Shed Me Clothes’ for her masters degree in fashion and the environment. Watch this video presentation to learn more about the project:

Shed Me Clothes

+Environmental / Green
+fashion / apparel

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