Helsinki Fashion Week: KoH T creates natural gown dress made with Spinnova
Updated: Sep 25
Original article from Spinnova Blog
KoH T, a designer in the Helsinki Fashion Week Designer Residency programme, has revealed a unique gown dress he designed with Spinnova, the sustainable Finnish fibre innovation.
As part of the digital Designer Residency of the Helsinki Fashion Week, Spinnova was a mentor for Japanese fashion designer label KoH T and designer Taisuke Kohji. Inspired by the human body, nature and the highly sustainable, natural Spinnova material, Taisuke used the Spinnova materials to create a gown dress that “feels like air”.
Photo credit - Spinnova, KoH T
The multi-faced gown dress is well aligned with the Spinnova material that is 100% natural and made of wood without harmful chemicals. The design is both contemporary and nostalgic, resembling both Japanese and Nordic styles.
The dress is composed only of undyed fabric that is one of the first blends of Spinnova fibre with wool, and accessory ribbons that are a mixture of Spinnova and lyocell, also a wood-based fibre. Since the Spinnova fibre’s insulation capability is as good as wool’s, the dress is warm, yet breathable.
The dress is about sustainability, style and high level of comfort. Instead of metal or plastic, only ribbons made of Spinnova are incorporated into the design. Hand made pleats add ventilation functionality, and all patterns and structures are designed to fit human movement, KoH T explains.
KoH T’s idea of creating something very close to nature was a great fit with our sustainable innovation. We firmly believe that wearing natural materials that don’t burden the environment create emotional wellbeing, which is something we all need more of, says Helsinki Fashion Week mentor, Spinnova’s Application Manager Maree Hamilton.
We were also thrilled to be part of digitalising innovation and collaboration, as we all face the challenges of this new world. Working with KoH T was a real pleasure and we’re very proud of the outcome, Hamilton adds.
The Designer Residency reached over half a million views during its seven-day streaming sessions prior the 3D fashion week. The co-creation part and most importantly co-learning experiences of the interdisciplinary actors created impactful results, which the collaboration with Spinnova demonstrates well.
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Original article published on Spinnova.com Blog - 16th September 2020