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Circular Design Speeds, Mistra

2015 – 2019

The Circular Design Speeds project was developed as part of the Mistra Future Fashion Design Themeresearch. The proposition was to develop ‘ultra-fast’ and ‘super-slow’ design prototypes for different extremes of use, in order to better understand the design implications of different circular systems.

Researchers worked closely with material developers and service providers, to design appropriate materials for different speeds of use, production and recovery. They developed the concepts whilst also continuing to share their approaches with fashion designers in industry to enable commercial prototypes to be developed alongside the research garments.

The work resulted in several major outcomes: The Circular Transitions conference and Making Circles exhibition in 2016, exhibits in the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition and permanent collection in 2018, the Disrupting Patterns exhibition with Filippa K also in 2018 and the Circular Design Guidelines to be published in 2019.

See below for project stories:

Service Shirt: a 50-year fashion statement, Mistra

Design for Permanence: Filippa K, Mistra

Fast Forward: Fast & Light Fashion, Mistra

Design for Transience: Filippa K, Mistra

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Mistra Future Fashion is a cross-disciplinary research program holding a unique system perspective operating within the entire value chain. The program vision is to close the loop and enable a systemic change by providing research results and facilitating industry implementation. Mistra Future Fashion is initiated and primarily funded by Mistra Foundation and stretches over eight years, from 2011 to 2019. The program is hosted by RISE, Research Institute of Sweden in collaboration with 15 research partners and more than 50 industry partners.

Click here for the Mistra Future Fashion webiste

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Filippa K rose from the kitchen table of its founder Filippa Knutsson in 1993 and grew to become a defining brand in Scandinavian fashion. 25 years on, we continue to design ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for women and men founded on the philosophy of style, simplicity and quality. Our updated classics are created with warm minimalism and the modern lifestyle in mind. Committed to an entirely sustainable collection by 2030, we encourage mindful consumption and minimising environmental impact.

Click here for the Filippa K website