Smart Design in Vogue

The textile world, whether it is related only to fashion or not, is under a revolution. Everyday, designers, producers and consumers are more aware of the environment which puts a heavy responsibility on their shoulders in terms of finding new ways of being sustainable.

There are a number of techniques, strategies, alternative processes and approaches you can take to design products that have a low environmental impact and positive social purpose..

Zero waste pattern cutting

Zero-waste is a design technique that eliminates textile waste at the design stage.

Minimal seam construction

This design technique focus on reducing the number of seams required to sew together a garment. It makes manufacturing much quicker and can save on materials.


Upcycling is an approach to design where you transform by-products, waste or disused materials or products into something new of better quality and greater value. By reusing materials that already exist, you are saving energy, water, chemicals and other resources required to make new virgin materials.



Design for disassembly



With this strategy, you would design your products in a way which means they can easily be taken apart at the end of the product’s life so that the components can be repaired, reused or recycled. It is smart design.

Multi-functional / transformation



This strategy means designing products for multiple uses. In fashion, you might design a garment that  could be worn multiple ways or something that is  reversible or has components that you can add or edit.



Design for longevity

Even the smallest design choices can impact how long a product’s life will last. There are many reasons that people discard clothing. The best way you can keep your products from going to landfill is by designing to last, to be cared for and repaired, to be reused or to be passed on to others.

Craft preservation

You can help preserve age-old, ancestral craft techniques by incorporating them into your modern designs. Preservation through innovation. For example, how might you use a special traditional embroidery, an amazing embellishment, a weaving technique, metal hammering or an ancient leather making process in your designs? But make sure you give the history and craftspeople credit. You don’t want to be accused of stealing designs or bad cultural appropriation.

By having in mind these smart approaches when designing the collections, the textile and fashion brands get closer and closer to be more sustainable and socially responsible, slowly changing the consumers mind towards a less compulsive consumerism, that’s been a pattern of the modern world.