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Meteorological Wardrobe

I. SUMMARY INFORMATION
Project
302332
Status
Submitted
Award category
Reconnecting with nature
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NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS RISING STARS: concepts or ideas submitted by young talents (aged 30 or less)
Project title
Meteorological Wardrobe
Full concept/idea title
The colors of weather
Description

Can the wardrobe, like the flora and fauna, become impregnated with the seasonal variations specific to a climate?
 Can we, as J. Baudrillard proposes in the first sentence of his book The System of Objects, "classify the immense vegetation of objects as a flora or a fauna, with its tropical and glacial species, its sudden mutations, and its endangered species? 

What is the geographical scope of your concept/idea?
Local
Fursac (23290)
Creuse
Does your concept/idea address mainly urban or rural issues?
It addresses urban-rural linkages
Does your concept/idea refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to other types of transformations ('soft investment')
Has your concept/idea benefited from EU programmes and/or funds?
No
Has your concept/idea won an EU prize?
No
How did you hear about the New European Bauhaus Prizes ?
Word of mouth (colleagues, friends …)
On whose behalf are you submitting the application?
As an individual
II. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Please provide a summary of your concept/ idea

    Initially modelled on the rhythm of the seasons, the wardrobe gives rise, like plants, to a flowering of new clothes each season. 
But if the fashion calendar is historically rooted in the seasonal cycle to define its temporality, it seems somewhat deprived of meaning today. In fact, it is no longer really the seasonal chronology that marks the pace of clothing, but rather our economy (as shown by fast-fashion, for example).  

   Therefore, against this dynamic, the idea is to give shape to a clothing mythology which, rather than being based on the seasonal rhythm, is truly rooted in it.
In this perspective, the Meteorological Wardrobe aims to give substance to a textile production that could be classified, like flora and fauna, with its tropical, glacial, continental, polar and arid species, or even its endangered species. 
For this reason my wardrobe revolves around colour and dyeing processes. The colour is, here, like a branching point of the various relations which are told between a ground, a territory, a climate, a season and a colour. The textile pieces are "concocted" from "meteorological ingredients" such as rainwater, solar energy, wind energy and "seasonal ingredients" such as plants and seasonal foods. In this case, the pieces presented here were made on the scale of the Creuse climate in the spring of 2021. 


    Thus, in the same way that we can observe seasonal flowering and blossoming in the landscape, we will be able to observe a form of clothing flowering; fully impregnated with the seasonal variations of a climate.  

Please indicate the main themes of your concept/idea with 5 key words
Weather
Seasons
Wardrobe
Colors
Dyeing
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of environmental sustainability (including circularity) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

To give shape to my Meteorological Wardrobe I use the territory as raw material.  This meteorological wardrobe aims to propose textile pieces fully associated with a specific season and territory. For example, the pieces presented here are associated with Spring 2021 and the Creuse department. In the same way, we can imagine proposing for the following year a Summer 2022 collection in Normandy or a Summer 2022 collection in Lozère.  
By imbuing the production process with a biological rhythm, it naturally fits into a natural cycle and therefore respects biodiversity. The desire to make a "seasonal fashion" aims to produce in a more responsible way because in accordance with the resources of an environment. 

More concretely, my approach consists of picking plants in a given area (in this case, the Creuse) at a specific time of the year (summer, spring, autumn, winter). Following these harvests, the idea is to make dyes in rainwater baths using a solar dyeing process. Solar radiation and the pH of the rainwater tend to vary the characteristics of the dye bath and thus the final colour on the textile material. In this sense, the mixture of "meteorological ingredients" and "seasonal ingredients" allows us to literally obtain what can be called the "colors of the weather", because it is indeed the solar energy and the rainwater that set the tone and condition the final colour.
In this sense, the strength of my approach lies in its ability to take into account all the resources used in production: sourcing of raw materials, techniques used, amount of energy required for manufacture, etc. 

Thus, and ultimately, my objective, through this production process, is to propose a textile production fully regulated by the resources of a chosen environment. 

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

My Meteorological Wardrobe aims to give shape to a new production imaginary fully inscribed in the seasonal chronology. 
In order to give an account of this, I am developing both a color chart on various textile samples (silk, viscose, linen, cotton) as well as textile pieces that are closer to the typology of clothing. 

> The color chart allows me, first of all, to list and archive simply and efficiently all the colors obtained in the dye baths.  
Indeed, each bath is used several times. The idea is to go until the dye bath is exhausted by repeating the dyeing process every day. As you go along, the quantity of dye molecule present in the bath will diminish and the color will eventually disappear.
In this way and in the same way that the flowers disappear in the landscape over time, the color will also fade and disappear little by little. In this perspective, we will obtain a production that will mutate, wither, rot, mature and bloom in the same way as plants. 

> The textile pieces serve, in a second phase, to embody this process. They are the end result of the project. 
The shape of these textile pieces is obtained from the shape of the plots of land on which I have carried out my harvest. That is to say that each plot gives the shape of a pattern: a pattern as a plot.
The collection, made up of all the textile pieces, thus takes the form of an experimental fashion where each garment is the object of a unique piece. This logic allows me to achieve a constant renewal of forms insofar as each territory is made up of different parcels and therefore an almost inexhaustible source of forms.

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

Beyond the textile production carried by this Meteorological Wardrobe, this project aims to raise and create new dialogues and open new perspectives between fashion and agriculture. 
Also, this creative process aims, in a way, to value the territory in which the production of the textile pieces takes place. To date, my project has been demonstrated on a single territory, that of the Creuse. However, the interest would be to develop and move this approach to other territories. In this perspective, the project would then take on a "universal" dimension in the sense that it could be developed in any type of place and therefore any country. 

Please explain how these three dimensions would be combined in your concept/idea.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary

Through this Meteorological Wardrobe I have initiated a design process centred on the work of colour. 
As explained earlier, color is, here, a point of ramification of the different relationships that are told between a soil, a territory, a climate, a season and a color. 
In this perspective I question, from this simple work of colors and dyes, various issues such as local production, sourcing of materials, atmospheric pollution or the place of agriculture in fashion.
 

Please highlight the innovative character of the concept/idea as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the concept/idea.

For a long time, fashion has operated in isolation, far from the challenges of sustainable development, but it is now being asked to become more involved. This "Meteorological Wardrobe" is fully in line with this trend and tries to go further than the simple practice of vegetable dyeing. 
Indeed, by using resources from wild harvesting and renewable energies such as rainwater and solar energy, my approach aims to fully inscribe and associate each production with a specific territory.  

The installation of a rainwater recovery system minimises the use of running water, which is not negligible in this type of approach since the dyeing processes require not far from ten litres to dye approximately 100g of fabric.  
In addition, beyond this ecological aspect, the pH of the rainwater collected is very important in my creative process. 
Indeed, the pH of the water used for the dyeing baths is important in the rendering of the final color. Depending on whether the pH is acidic or alkaline, the dyed color will be more or less bright or dull. 
Knowing that rainwater has a specific pH, ranging from 5.7 to 2 depending on atmospheric pollution, the dye will be directly impregnated by the quality of the rainwater collected. 
Therefore, each textile piece will indicate the atmospheric quality of a territory and will thus constitute a "climatic" indicator. Indeed, depending on whether an area is more or less polluted, the color will not come out in the same way. 
 

Please detail the general plans that you have for the further development, promotion and/or implementation of your concept/idea.

This Meteorological Wardrobe, through the production of the color chart and the textile pieces, attempts to demonstrate a production fully regulated by the biological rhythm. The idea would be to use this project as a mediation tool for the public to raise awareness about climate-related issues and local production.  

Imagine that your idea/concept is awarded in the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022. What kind of initiatives would you take throughout the following year (June 2022- June 2023)

To date, my Meteorological Wardrobe is made up of a collection realized on a single territory, which is the Creuse in spring 2021. 
In the long term I wish to be able to develop my color chart on the scale of several seasons, on different territories and under various climates. I also aspire to develop more fully the second part of the project, which is the garment. 
In this sense, the grant offered by the New European Bauhaus competition would allow me to develop this meteorological wardrobe through different seasons and in different territories. 

III. UPLOAD PICTURES
IV. VALIDATION
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Yes
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Yes
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