AKKA is a fashion design experiment which critically examines the relationship between technology and tradition in the dressing culture, operating at the intersection of architecture and fashion design. As we always start from tradition, whether we acknowledge or deny it, it reflects on the conventional practice of pattern making and sewing, as well as the space between the body and the fabric.
Current sewing practices are considered obsolete, so the intention is to use more advanced machines that reduce exhausting manual labor and produce garments on demand. This eliminates the risk of stockpiling and wastage at the end of the season.
Pattern is at the core of the design. It is made of software, thus adapted for laser cutting or 3D printing. As no sewing is required, the seams are made as joints, so the elements are later folded into the garment by hand. Such joints allow for modular design. We can assemble and reassemble modular garments ourselves, which ensures that we will not discard them as soon as one part is damaged. In this way, we can replace parts and re-make them locally, thus always reassembling garments, making them last much longer. Digital patterns also have another advantage: they can be easily downloaded anywhere and printed / laser cut at the nearest MakerSpace or FabLab. No transportation. No CO2 emissions. No packaging.
BIG SEE FASHION DESIGN
GREEN PRODUCT AWARD
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES GRANT
Ministry of Culture of Montenegro