Modular/Transformable Workwear Garments for an evolving environment

Arun Rose

"Concept - Explanation

The concept of modularity and transformability outside of the war context and in a fashion one has been explored from around the early 80s, rising moreso in the 90s/00s, however sadly has never been applied in a ‘correct’ way to have any mass effect on the clothing industry, hence why techwear is still a niche, small pocket of the market. My project asks how can we think about technical, transformable clothing for a future urban workforce whilst making the technicality less intrusive and more accesible. People who will have to interact with a variety of new needs and unknown behaviours proven by what going around us in 2020.

What are the alternative ways of thinking about our day to day clothing and the roles we carry out in society whilst wearing them, how might we all become more versatile, adaptable and ultimately more creative with this? Who are these for?

These garments are made for my two user groups; the blue & white collar workers re-spectively however how I’ve tried subtly approach the technical and modular aspects which allows them to be accessible to more people than just this imaginary ‘work force’.

As a tech wear advocate, collector and now, designer, I’ve realised for clothing like this to have the incredible impact it could and should, it would need to be funded and pushed on a large scale for various reasons such as innovative materials and manufacturing costing so much more, hence why I had to utilise the TOM FUND. For example, Normal Japanese Selvedge Denim = £6-8 a metre depending on the Ounce weight. Dyneema Denim (12% Dyneema) = £15 a metre (lowest) - (£55~ for 50% Dyneema) "Concept - Outcomes.

In this project I have applied my ideologies to the following garments which are ex-tenuated by the material choice and placements of features, allowing me to create garments that not only have varying uses in a modular sense but protects the user in various other ways they are unaware of, E.G embedded EMF fabric in a hood to negate radiation/camera flash recognition. I have split it into these two user groups as it is a broad but effective way of creating a product that can be accessed by large user groups whilst still sitting within a fashionable, wearable context for those who may not identify with one of the two groups or other such. The outcomes are as follows:

A garment for the blue collar worker with a focus on workwear uses/needs; labour intensive work in volatile environments with varying health and safety standards, protection from fumes/damaging objects and other such on top of cycling/public trans- port commuting, navigating the riots/police/cameras/ violence we now face and so on. Constructed mainly out of DYNEEMA DENIM, EDM Fabric and Kevlar, it will utilise the extreme strength/defensive properties of these materials to allow the user maximum protection in a volatile future (or current as life seems to be going) work environment.

A garment for the white collar worker with a focus on this user groups uses/needs; city life in a volatile future with a user need for defence against diseases, such as COVID-19, defines against varying radiation levels from phones/laptops, protection from riots/police/cameras/violence, etc. Constructed mainly out of GORETEX (PTFE LAM- INATE FABRIC), TYVEK, AIRBAG and EDM fabric, it will utilise the protective properties of these garments to allow maximum protection for the user in a volatile future weather environments, inner city issues such as invasive cameras, radiation and now police/riots/volatile encounters, the list goes on.

Open source patterns and ideas which users can then take and use/adapt to create their own attachments, fulfill a need of theirs or just learn to sew for fun. A supporting lookbook to represent the above.