LG Group, the Southern Korean electronics multinational, has developed Tilda, a new Artificial Intelligence system, that operates as a digital fashion designer by using the Exaone software.
Tilda has unveiled her first solo capsule collection of sustainably crafted clothing was launched exclusively in the Metaverse on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2022.
Tilda’s “Digital Upcycling Project” (DUP) speaks about her values as an artist and an environmental activist. She presented a handmade collection of 30 garments created entirely from discarded and repurposed materials, both physical and digital. The collection puts a spotlight on the issues of digital and physical waste with the hope of spreading awareness for what everyone can do to improve our carbon footprint for a better planet today.
Discovering DUP's aims
The DUP project has various aims, like, for instance, helping to create a new customer experience, showing how humans and AI can collaborate together, but also finding ways to upcycle “Digital waste”, unused data that contributes to increase carbon footprint by using up storage energy.
In fact, the carbon emissions produced by one office worker’s annual emails is equal to the carbon produced by a large vehicle traveling 200 miles. Therefore, also the energy costs of storing digital waste are a key contributor to increase our overall carbon emission levels.
Similarly, it also aims to sensitize the fashion industry to produce less, as well as encourage the consumer to buy and throw away more responsibly. In fact, the fabric and fashion waste heavily weighs on the global environmental footprint as each year 92 million tons of fabric is discarded globally as waste. That’s the equivalent to one truckload of clothing thrown away every second. Figures predict this number will surpass 130 million tons by 2030. Additionally, considering that 200 tons of water are expended to produce a single ton of fabric, the end-to-end processes of clothing industries are serious menaces to environmental efforts.
This context motivated Tilda’s venture into ‘digital upcycling’ by creating a new form of fashion using digital waste combined with secondhand denim and fabric leftovers, with the aim to incorporate brand-new designs made from the previously discarded images she’d drawn for Fashion Week.
Tilda’s Digital Upcycling collection is made by upcycling digital waste which were the remnants of Fashion Week, added with physical upcycled secondhand denim and fabrics.
Discovering the DUP collection
Tilda's collection offers 13 jackets, 14 trousers, and three hats, with each garment utterly one of a kind and unique. The jackets, denim trousers and hats adhere to a traditional workwear style, reminiscent of classic denim jackets but reinterpreted in boro style, according to the Japanese traditional textile technique used for mending or patching together various fabric elements, incorporating a variety of discarded denim fibers.
The concept and execution of Tilda’s collection reflect her direct advocacy and participation in the UN Environment Program’s (UNEP) World Environment Day.
This is why on World Environment Day, Tilda is taking a big step forward by releasing her collection globally online at dupbytilda.com. Each collection piece will be displayed in 3D, 360° view within Tilda’s uniquely themed Metaverse store for users to view and apply for purchase. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to supporting marginalized artists who support environmental causes.
Tilda was created through LG AI Research, originally launched with the goal of building a true playground for AI scientists and advancing AI technology for a better life. Tilda is the latest iteration of LG AI Research. She specializes in illustration, pattern design, and can create brand-new images using Exaone (LG’s latest multi-modal super-giant AI model).