Alessio Berto, owner of the pattern-design studio The Tailor Pattern Support, has developed Indigo Eden, a project and a "manifesto" capsule collection carried ahead with IED fashion school students, and various textile and apparel manufacturers.
The project includes five complete total look outfits characterized by essential, no-gender styles and utility pieces made with responsible materials and carefully manufactured by paying great attention to detail and production processes.
The SPIN OFF asked Berto about this project.
What was the key inspiration for this project?
For thousands of years, many ancient populations have lived on our planet without harming it. We took inspiration for this intergenerational and inter-artistic exchange project from this respect for the environment and for future generations. Every single item was created by following a pattern based on the characteristics of the materials according to organic, engineered and modern silhouettes.
I wanted to create something that did not exist by involving innovative and responsible material producers, treatment manufacturers, designers and brands, as well as students, photographers, musicians, companies and top professionals.
Each of the five outfits part of this visionary capsule was achieved by collaborating with certified and transparent companies, students and professionals. I wanted to make it in a way that is free from fashions, trends, marketing and slogans.
I wanted to be inspired by ancient peoples who have coexisted on the planet without ever abusing it.
I was inspired by Inuit and Native American garments from the 1800s, reinterpreting them as garments to be worn in space made with innovative materials and techniques, as a projection toward the future of their own authentic styles.
We used few pieces of fabric, making few cuts and using paper patterns reinterpreting them as an alternative way, although at the end of the project I realized that the outfits represent my career path spent as a pattern-designer through haute couture, authentic denim, sportswear and utilitywear.
These garments were made by using no water and the raw materials have been chosen for the intelligent use of chemistry, inevitable in the industrial processes of creating materials with technical and natural characteristics. Some selected materials will be composed of minerals such as Graphene and rare earths, essential for the technology of the future, HMPE molecules that are much more resistant than steel, combined with recycled polyesters and metals. These will be paired with natural materials, such as silk, hemp, organic cotton, sugar beet, vegetable gum, potatoes and corn.
In addition, each garment contains three seeds of Moringa, an Indian plant used to save children from malnutrition.
We chose smart and innovative materials that are suitable for climate change, with no use of water in making the garments, environmentally friendly and some of them indestructible.
It is aimed at industry and schools. We have produced "The Book" and a 35-page PDF that everyone can have upon request finding paper patterns, technical data sheets and material specifications, names of each participant and their duties, company profiles, and links to companies.
What partners have collaborated?
Among fabric manufacturers there are Olmetex, Ribbontex, Panama Trimmings, Imbotex, Bottonificio Lenzi 1955, Riri, Fashion Art, Aquafil, Yulex, Studio 70, IED, Jeanologia, MIC Filati, Pure Denim, NASA and Esa.
In addition ti the students, the music producers for the music, the video makers and the models, I also involved the European Space Agency and NASA.
The garments within this visionary capsule will not be launched on the market, they will be available as a symbol of a courageous change and inspiration for other new and intelligent collaborations, directed towards a different future.
As this collection, I would like to see more concrete, conscious and quality-rich fashion produced in the industry.