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Raw Fashion | Calvin Klein & The Maker Movement

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Francisco Costa called it a meditation in “elevated deconstruction.” Luxe fabrics with exposed seams and threadbare embroidery. Skirts were loomed with bright threads, and deep fringe appeared on a woven black leather jacket. While some may interpret Costa’s recent collection for Calvin Klein as more free-wheeling – a departure from CK’s signature minimalism – I understood Costa’s latest creations as a testament to the human hands behind the needle.

The Maker Movement may also figure substantially. Billed as the “World’s Largest DIY Festival,” the maker movement covers everything from homemade jewelry to homemade drones. Maker culture is about empowerment: “makers value skill over money, building over buying, creation over consumption.” “It’s in line with the eco-friendly and buy local movements, the back-to-artisanal aesthetic, and the geek worship that are also part of the post-aught zeitgeist.” A recent article in the NYTimes reports that “there’s been an explosion of crowd funded maker projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.” And on the other end of the business spectrum, “Makerbot, one of the best-known companies in the maker movement, was just bought by a public company for $604 million.”

We’ve seen the rise of raw food. Why not the rise of raw fashion? Industry giants like Levi’s and H&M are working to clean up their manufacturing, eliminating toxic waste and harsh chemicals. Zady.com is a new e-commerce site devoted to manufacturing transparency. Imogene + Willie – Nashville’s star denim factory – uses original shuttle looms to produce the now coveted, “selvedge” edge. All signs that the fashion industry is changing for the better and getting back to its homespun roots.

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Photos Courtesy of Style.com

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