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‘Will Tents make a trend?’ Student makes clothing out of leftover tents

A fashion student created a gender-neutral dress out of tent fabric to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in fashion.

Grace Reeves (in blue) with models wearing her garments
Picture credit: Pushpita Chatterjee

‘Will Tents make a trend?’ Student makes clothing out of leftover tents

A fashion student created a gender-neutral dress out of tent fabric to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in fashion, writes journalism student Jyothsna Nelloolichalil.

Grace Reeves, 22, who is a final year Fashion Design student at Nottingham Trent University, was motivated to build the piece when she witnessed a massive number of tents being left over after a festival.

With an intent to promote ‘inclusiveness’ in fashion, Grace has tried to create the clothing to fit every size, calling it size U or Universal.

Also, the undergraduate, who is from Lincolnshire, has designed her branding in braille.

She said: ‘’I want to change people's perception of second-hand items by creating something technical and different.

“During my internship, it was sad to hear women complain that many clothes wouldn’t fit them due to their body size.

“It’s a shame that people don’t learn textile crafts in school and that’s the reason they throw away clothes because they don’t know how to fix them.

“One of my goals is to make sustainable clothing more affordable.

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Picture credit: Pushpita Chatterjee

“It makes me really happy that my clothes can fit anyone, regardless of their size or gender.”

Grace’s clothing is detachable, so that it could be transformed from a high-end fashion clothing to a normal jacket.

She continued: “The detachable elements give you more freedom.

“My concept is that life is a game, you can go to a party and later decide to climb a mountain in the same clothes. I really like versatility.”

Being a vegetarian and by limiting the usage of plastic in her art and life, Grace claims to have made sustainability a part of her life.

She is intent to set up her own upcycling business after her studies, with a focus on green design and minimal usage of virgin materials.

Her work featured in Nottingham Trent University’s art and design Student Showcase which involved graduating artists and designers displaying their work as part of a public exhibition.

Emma Prince, Fashion Design course leader at Nottingham Trent university, said: “The design community is increasingly keen on making designs kinder to the planet.

“It is great how Grace includes a personal touch in her upcycling from waste textiles and highlights the importance of inclusivity within her practice.”

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    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

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    NTU was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards). It was the University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with over 33,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 4,000 and an NTU community representing around 160 countries.

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    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is 4th globally (and 3rd in the UK) for sustainability in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Published on 7 June 2022
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