Together with two fellow students, I designed and developed four showpieces for the brand Gudrun & Gudrun, which were included in the exhibition 'Fashion Tech& Fashion's Sustainable Growth Layer' at the Geological Museum in 2019.
Gudrun& Gudrun wanted a light, airy and temperature-regulating yarn for their summer collections, which at the same time has a woolly look. This resulted in the choice of milk yarn, which has many of the same properties as wool such as soft, strong, smooth, antibacterial and climate regulating, furthermore the fibres are machine washable. Milk yarns are made from a polymer milk protein called casein and can be extracted from discarded produce from the dairy industry that are no longer fit for human consumption and otherwise would be wasted.
As Gudrun& Gudrun is a Faroese brand that pays tribute to the nature they take part of, we chose nature as inspiration for the design. Specifically, the four weather phenomena wind, rain, sun, and mist.
This dress has sewn flounces of both woven and machine knitted fabric of silk and milk fibres.
The dress is inspired by the wind’s lively movements, which randomly create waves and lines on its way across the body. It grabs everything it can and leaves an energetic expression.
This dress is hand knitted with milk yarn and symbolizes the rain that flows down the body and leaves a puddle where the person stands. Along the way, the clear water plays with the light, leaving visible nuances of white and blue.
This set is hand knitted with milk yarn. The sun with its rays is the inspiration that has got the place of honor in the middle and can shine all over the body. The bright colours create warmth and lead the mind towards a summer day.
This dress is hand knitted with white milk yarn. It is inspired by mist that surround the body seductively and leaves a fullness at the sleeves that looks heavy, but in fact is noticeably light.
We have always used everything from our sheep on the Faroe Islands, inside food and everything except the milk. So it is very exciting if this can be made into yarn.
Gudrun Ludvig, co-owner of GUNDRUN&GUDRUN
The showpieces were exhibited at Geologisk Museum in Copenhagen from 05/08/19 to 08/08/19 as a part of the project.
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