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Fashion designer Karin Vlug researches the future of fashion with a focus on smart production and construction techniques. Her aim as a designer is to transform the production process so that made-to-measure is brought within everyone’s reach. Vlug’s ideal is to create a new wardrobe without any sewing, using as little material and, ultimately, as little transportation as possible. Her collections consist of standard and easy to produce pattern parts with right-angles. Her designs can be made to fit any body, just by joining the pattern parts in different ways.

In her research project Smart Fashion Production Vlug works closely with Laura Duncker, a lecturer in Fashion Research & Technology at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Their research began in June 2014 when Vlug began developing an innovative garment production process for CLICKNL’s KIEM programme (knowledge-innovation mapping). This involved using 3D body scans to personalise a digital design. First, a flexible mould is made from the digital design. The mould is then ‘dressed’ with liquid textiles, which generate no remnants or waste materials. The ultimate aim is to use the same materials each time to make a new design.

Karin Vlug won the Frans Molenaar Prize in 2014 for her graduation collection.


Founded: 2014

Location: Amsterdam

Temporary Fashion Museum
Guus Beumer
Maureen Mooren

This project is part of the programme track Things and Materials and the folder Material innovation.

Fashion has quietly renewed the very idea of renewal by constantly selling the past as a future, thereby framing current reality. This contrasts sharply with the idea that renewal always stems from technological innovation.