Few things are as innovative as Icelandic designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir's recent debut—a range of jelly clothing that can be melted and remade. Unlike conventional fashion design where one needs to cut from a pattern to create a garment, the manufacturing process of the "transparent, gelatinous garments" requires a casting mold. The primary materials—gelatin or agar, "a gelling agent derived from red algae."
Valdís Steinarsdóttir presented her jelly clothing—more specifically vest tops—at the DesignMarch festival in Reykjavík. The innovation of this collection cannot be reduced only to material use but it extends to the manufacturing process. Each garment can be melted down and reused as a new garment. As such, it contributes to the closed-loop system that is so important to the fashion industry. In addition, it also eliminates excess scraps and synthetic material use.
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