From offcuts to couture – More Or Less asked 11 designers to reframe our idea of waste, taking up scraps and fabric fragments from their atelier floors and showing us the exquisite possibilities in what was once discarded

Photography by Chloé Le Drezen Styling by Alex Carl

“Using a silhouette lifted from my S/S ’19 collection, I thought up this one-of-a-kind piece, making it out of a spare sample fabric. It’s particularly special, as the silhouette will never be reproduced in the same red rose print.”

Richard Quinn

 

“Buy Less, Dress Up is a motto I often use, and it inspired me here. The gowns feature my signature 18th-century flat corsets, and are lifted from the original Wake-Up Cave Girl A/W ’07 collection, but are one-of-a-kind: created here in a tartan silk and candy-stripe silk jacquard selected from surplus fabric out of my archive.”

Vivienne Westwood

 

“Halpern has always been about the juxtaposition of textures, materials, and colours. For this piece, we wanted to explore how far this could be taken, using fabrics from past seasons working against each other to create a mega-glamorous and high-voltage garment. It was exciting to breathe life into unused things in a way that we hadn’t explored previously.”

Halpern

 

“This is a toile for SS19 made entirely of reconstituted silk socks. It was eventually cut from the lineup because of the delicacy of the knit but is still one of my favourite pieces. I’m so glad it got a second life.”

Conner Ives

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Hair: Rudi Lewis. Make-up: Siobhan Furlong. Models: Kukua Williams at Premier, Niko Riam at Milk Management. Set design: Derek Hardie Martin. Casting: Barbara Nicoli and Leïla Ananna. Production: Rosco