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This work explores how action fashion can be used as a method to develop alternative expressions in outdoor wear. The tape techniques are my way of working with action fashion to achieve a more immediate means of creating outdoor garments. The outcome of the collection shows possibilities of developing alternative working methods within outdoor wear in relation to the traditional expressions and procedures used in today’s outdoor industry. – Andreas Eklöf

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Reminded me of my National Service days where my best friend was the duct tape because he can fix anything and everything both in the jungle and out of the jungle. Speaking of which, Swedish School of Textile masters student, Andreas Eklöf  has impressed me with his collection of improvised fashion using duct tapes. The lack of the obvious aesthetic is not the only focus here. Instead the graphic and textural quality of the immediate changes these tapes can bring to fashion is quite ingenious. Giving these utilitarian objects a new meaning in fashion. 

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Eklöf is nominated for the H&M Design Award 2015 along side with Ximon Lee’s collection title Children of Leningradsky (which I featured previously) and other many talented designers. The winner of the H&M Design Award will take home a prize of €50,000 plus the chance to show their graduation collection at Fashion Week Stockholm in January 2015. The winner will also get to develop key pieces from their collection to be sold in selected H&M stores.

P.S. I did see many other interesting designers there on the site and some of them are using eco-friendly methods in their collection. Do look out for them and also for me as I’ll be taking turns to feature them on recyclofashion.

Image Source: Swedish School of Textile

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