DiMa celebrated its official opening
DiMa has been operating as a research centre for a year and a half, but the official opening was celebrated with a memorable fashion show at the New Creative House in the Baltic Manufactory during Design Night.
DiMa's senior researcher and fashion designer Reet Aus's collection, made from pre-production fabric scraps using the value-added recycling method, was on stage. Also, EKA Fashion and Textile Design MA students (Cärol Ott, Sandra Luks and Kristel Laur) presented collections made in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of an incubator programme. Only post-consumer textile waste, i.e. old garments that are transported by the ton from Europe to Kenya every year, and which largely end up in landfills, has been used to create the garments. The collection by Marta Konovalov, a PhD student and designer at the EKA, combined several methods of regenerative fashion design: design without residue, garment regeneration, repair and co-creation. The collection by Maria Kristiin Peterson, a Master's student in textile design, presented knitted fabrics made from yarns produced by the mechanical recycling of post-consumer textile waste generated in Estonia. The yarn was developed within the framework of a research and development project carried out by EKA DiMa, Viljandi Culture Academy, TalTech and SEI Tallinn.
DiMa would like to thank its partners:
nineyardsestonia, who made wonderful hairstyles for the models,
Lauri Lest, who created the musical atmosphere for the evening &
TOKU for completing the collections with precious shoes.