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Waste Not: Catherine Wales

Catherine Wales is a pioneer in 3D fashion creation, and her Project DNA will be featured in London’s Design Museum as part of a new exhibition, The Future is Here. The show focuses on new methods of manufacturing and how they are revolutionising the role of the consumer–something Catherine knows more about than almost anyone else.

“Advances in technology have allowed me to utilise my expertise as a pattern cutter to approach current complications surrounding garment sizing and manufacturing restrictions. 3D technology can sustainably solve sizing issues and cut down on wastage while better supporting consumer demand,” she says.
Catherine has been working in the luxury and fashion realms for over 15 years, cutting designs for Jasper Conran, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Oswald Boateng, Emanuel Ungaro, and most recently, Saint Laurent, where she worked with the brand’s innovative Hedi Slimane.
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Inspired by identity and the visual structure of human chromosomes, Wales’s Project DNA is created almost entirely with individual and interchangeable ball and socket components that allow it to be built in a number of directions. Produced using white nylon with a 3D printer, the collection pieces on show will encompass a scaffolded corset and a blossoming feathered shoulder piece.
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While not exactly mainstream, Catherine’s futuristic collection provokes conceptual thinking and urges the development of waste-reducing luxury fashion prototyping–something more designers should be paying attention to.Photography by Christine Kreiselmaier

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