Both feature garments that require no sewing nor complicated methods of construction: the Pop Up coats are designed to be cut out as a singular piece (guided by vibrant print lines) that then 'pop into shape'. On the other hand, The Post-Couture Collective uses tabs to assemble tops, dresses and other womenswear pieces.
Aiming to eliminate the 'time consuming sewing process', de Pont has utilised melting yarn and heat foil to enable both silkscreen and woven coats to be cut cleanly without fraying. Van Strien seeks to offer clothing alternatives that are sustainable and affordable by creating products using an open-source system. His Post-Couture garments are made from spacer fabric from recycled PET-bottles.
The Pop Up coats are to be one-size only and can be delivered to consumers as a roll consisting of uncut fabric pieces, while users can opt for customised Post Couture garments to be sent to them for easy self-assembly or as a digital file which they can further personalise before laser-cutting and putting together. In this way, both systems enable customers to be more involved in the creation process.
How else can we re-think the manufacturing process to create sustainable outcomes in the fashion industry? As customers become increasingly well-informed and seek personalised as well as participatory avenues, how can fashion brands cater to this desire? What is the future of the intersection between garment construction and hacking methods? What new materials could be developed in support of these?
On another note, I'd like to see them in the same photo shoot. It'll also be interesting to see how they extend the longevity of their concepts i.e. beyond the first collection.