Gina Grünwald's graduate collection GLITCH aims to find beauty and freedom through limitation. It critiques our ongoing excess of consumption, using industrial waste to create six fashion looks. The element of rock climbing is central and omnipresent in textile design, construction and accessories.
Waste. There is so much of it in the world. Just look around. This collection is about reviving techniques of craftswomanship through repurposing waste and reused materials. There is an oddness to it — the young generations are trying to save the world, whilst the people in power are destroying it. GLITCH tries to find beauty and freedom through limitation. The limits we all feel — whether that is about saving the planet or finding freedom in ourselves.
Good clothing takes not only time but dedication, craft and research. If we want to change the way we consume, we need to change the way we see fashion. At the heart of Grünwald's collection stands extensive material research, with materials from excess climbing gear, fabric scraps from Swiss printing companies, and hand-made knits. Reexploring female craftswomanship through the lens of repurposing industrial waste is the motto. The element of rock climbing – a sport that brings Grünwald balance and peace while challenging bodily and mental strength – is central and references to it are omnipresent in textile design, construction details and accessories.
In collaboration with SKUA Studio, a female led footwear duo in the Netherlands, Grünwald designed and produced six zero-waste heels for her graduate collection. Together they focused on constructing two completely upcycled shoe designs: using scraps of advertising mesh, retired climbing ropes and old climbing shoes. The magic lies in repurposing existing functionality of the waste materials collected — retaining velcro scraps to hold the foot in place or creating a standout lace-up feature with old ropes.